A techno-economic evaluation of anaerobic biogas producing systems in developing countries

Hervan Marion Morgan, Wei Xie, Jianghui Liang, Hanping Mao, Hanwu Lei, Roger Ruan, Quan Bu

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Biogas production has been the focus of many individuals in the developing world; there have been several investigations that focus on improving the production process and product quality. In the developing world the lack of advanced technology and capital has hindered the development of energy production. Renewable energy has the potential to improve the standard of living for most of the 196 countries which are classified as developing economies. One of the easiest renewable energy compounds that can be produced is biogas (bio-methane). Biogas can be produced from almost any source of biomass through the anaerobic respiration of micro-organisms. Low budget energy systems are reviewed in this article along with various feedstock sources. Adapted gas purification and storage systems are also reviewed, along with the possible economic, social, health and environmental benefits of its implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)910-921
Number of pages12
JournalBioresource Technology
StatePublished - Feb 2018


  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Biogas
  • Biomass
  • Developing economies
  • Renewable energy

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