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Chinese biogas manual: popularising technology in the countryside

Abstract

The production of biogas from agricultural, human, and animal wastes in rural areas of China is described. This manual is one of the Science in the Countryside Editions, which are specially designed to popularise technology. It pre-supposes as little technical education as possible, relying instead on the appendix to provide basic principles; it contains minute and graphic textual explantations of how to go about drawing a plan, laying foundations, or applying mortar in paper-thin coats. As far as possible, the book is intended to short-cut the trial and errors that people in Sichuan had to go through while experimenting. It also tries to give the reader an idea of what is going on out of sight in the working digester, so that the technology becomes intelligible and so that it can be used to its full potential. Biogas tanks are financed and built by the brigade, the team, or individual families, depending on size. The details of how this is done depends on local circumstances. The allocation of responsibility of maintenance, repair and operation is essential to the success of a biogas programme. Every pit has a pressure gauge and each family has been carefully instructed when to let out  More>>
Authors:
Van Buren, A [1] 
  1. ed.
Publication Date:
Jan 01, 1979
Product Type:
Book
Reference Number:
EDB-82-108298
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; AGRICULTURAL WASTES; ANAEROBIC DIGESTION; BIOGAS PROCESS; MANUALS; MANURES; CHINA; DESIGN; OPERATION; RURAL AREAS; RURAL ENERGY CENTERS; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; ASIA; BIOCONVERSION; DIGESTION; DOCUMENT TYPES; MANAGEMENT; ORGANIC WASTES; PROCESSING; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTE PROCESSING; WASTES; 140504* - Solar Energy Conversion- Biomass Production & Conversion- (-1989); 090122 - Hydrocarbon Fuels- Preparation from Wastes or Biomass- (1976-1989)
OSTI ID:
5392241
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Submitting Site:
HEDB
Size:
Pages: 135
Announcement Date:

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Van Buren, A. Chinese biogas manual: popularising technology in the countryside. United Kingdom: N. p., 1979. Web.
Van Buren, A. Chinese biogas manual: popularising technology in the countryside. United Kingdom.
Van Buren, A. 1979. "Chinese biogas manual: popularising technology in the countryside." United Kingdom.
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title = {Chinese biogas manual: popularising technology in the countryside}
author = {Van Buren, A}
abstractNote = {The production of biogas from agricultural, human, and animal wastes in rural areas of China is described. This manual is one of the Science in the Countryside Editions, which are specially designed to popularise technology. It pre-supposes as little technical education as possible, relying instead on the appendix to provide basic principles; it contains minute and graphic textual explantations of how to go about drawing a plan, laying foundations, or applying mortar in paper-thin coats. As far as possible, the book is intended to short-cut the trial and errors that people in Sichuan had to go through while experimenting. It also tries to give the reader an idea of what is going on out of sight in the working digester, so that the technology becomes intelligible and so that it can be used to its full potential. Biogas tanks are financed and built by the brigade, the team, or individual families, depending on size. The details of how this is done depends on local circumstances. The allocation of responsibility of maintenance, repair and operation is essential to the success of a biogas programme. Every pit has a pressure gauge and each family has been carefully instructed when to let out gas. Feeding material into the pit is a continuous process with guidelines for the proportion of liquids to solids. The key to their success lies in the core of experts in the Biogas Group, whose job it is to go from team to team helping with repair and reminding people to maintain the safety standards. Perhaps the most interesting and startling lessons-which are relevant not only to biogas but also to other areas of technical innovation in rural areas-can be learned from the success recorded here that local communities have had in assimilating and adapting the technology to their own needs and conditions. This manual is the single, standard textbook used by the Chinese when embarking on biogas projects.}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {1979}
month = {Jan}
}