Scaling and commercializing mobile biogas systems in Kenya: a qualitative pilot study

Sovacool, Benjamin K, Kryman, Matthew and Smith, Taylor (2015) Scaling and commercializing mobile biogas systems in Kenya: a qualitative pilot study. Renewable Energy, 76. pp. 115-125. ISSN 0960-1481

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Abstract

This study investigates the benefits and challenges facing an innovative biogas system being commercialized in Kenya by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Biogas International. From 2011 to 2014, IFAD and Biogas International have distributed 500 flexi-biogas system (FBS) units to rural Kenyan households. Based on a comprehensive review of project documents and the peer-reviewed literature, supplemented with in-country research interviews, this study details the history, benefits, and challenges facing the dissemination of these FBS units. We highlight how FBS devices have the potential to address climate-energy-agriculture vulnerabilities and also generate income and improve social resilience. We conclude that although the benefits of FBS adoption cut across dimensions, scales, and sectors, the policies needed to support them must be concomitantly synergistic and multidimensional.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2016 09:27
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2016 11:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58423
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