Detailed Feasibility Study of Bio-gas Production in Urban Housing Projects in Kathmandu

Client

Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), Ministry of Environment

Project Period

February 2012 to May 2012

Project Area

Kathmandu (14 housing projects)

Practice Area

Renewable Energy, Climate Change

Service Area

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Cross Cutting Issues

Environment Protection

Alternative Energy Promotion Centre explored various potential sectors where biogas could be developed to replace the conventional cooking fuels. It aimed to widen the usage of biogas within the country so as to reduce the dependency on imported fuels such as LPG. In this context, AEPC recognized Urban Housing Projects as a potential area for biogas production. The sector broadly comprised over 125 completed and under construction housing complexes. This study was carried out as a part of its initiative to develop a better understanding of realizing APEC’s objective.

Services provided by SW Nepal

SW Nepal conducted feasibility study of bio-gas production in 14 selected housing projects in Kathmandu valley. Based on the objective of the study, the study team prepared two categories of questionnaires:
a) for pre-feasibility study
b) for detailed feasibility study

The quantitative data was collected to analyze and figure out technical and financial feasibility for the bio-gas production. The team also carried out extensive consultations with housing projects to know their willingness in adopting bio-gas technology. During the study process, a bio-gas information brochure was developed and distributed among identified housing projects. Further, SW Nepal performed the cost benefit analysis of the bio-gas installations with comparison to the present use of fuel.

Outcome

The study resulted in the identification of housings where bio-gas production is feasible from all aspects. SW Nepal recommended those potential housing projects to APEC.