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Geographical Information System Approach for Regional Biogas Potential Assessment

Ramachandra, TV (2007) Geographical Information System Approach for Regional Biogas Potential Assessment. In: Research Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2 (3). pp. 170-184.

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The economic prosperity and quality of life in a region are closely linked to the level of its per capita energy consumption. In India more than 70% of the total population inhabits rural areas and 85-90% of energy requirement is being met by bioresources. With dwindling resources, attention of planners is diverted to viable energy alternatives to meet the rural energy demand. Biogas as fuel is one such alternative, which can be obtained by anaerobic digestion of animal residues and domestic and farm wastes, abundantly available in the countryside. Study presents the techniques to assess biogas potential spatially using GIS in Kolar district, Karnataka State, India. This would help decision makers in selecting villages for implementing biogas programmes based on resource availability. Analyses reveal that the domestic energy requirement of more than 60% population can be met by biogas option. This is based on the estimation of the per capita requirement of gas for domestic purposes and availability of livestock residues.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Research Journal of Environmental Sciences
Publisher: Maxwell Scientific Organization
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Maxwell Scientific Organization.
Keywords: Energy;bioresource;agro ecosystems;biogas;animal waste; resource potential;GIS
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2011 09:35
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2011 09:35
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/41246

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