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Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)

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Anaerobic Digester, Assam, India. – © R. Blanchard

Rural Bioenergy Systems

With much of the developing world relying on inefficient  wood stoves for cooking there is need to address this with technologies that use less fuel and are more efficient. Anaerobic digestion, the production of biogas from wastes, is one such approach. Research has focused on feedstocks, performance and the design of systems with collaboration with partners in India.

In addition, electricity can be produced locally using biomass resources such as wastes and agricultural residues. Research is investigating the potential for the gasification of wastes, at the small scale for communities, to generate electricity in Ecuador.


Blanchard, R. E., & Pollard, A. M. (2014). A Hybrid Biogas System for Kolkata. In 1st  International Conference on Non-Conventional Energy (pp. 148-153). JIS College of Engineering, Kalyani, India.

Navarez R, Blanchard R. E, and Mena A. (2013) Use of Rice Crops for Energy Production in Ecuador. Energy and Power 3(3), 21-26.

Aldonza, K,  Blanchard,R. (2012) Optimizing the Use of Musa spp. Waste in the Design of an Ethanol Production Plant. Energy and Power. 2 (2), 81-88.

Radu T, Wheatley AD, Blanchard RE. Anaerobic co-digestion of maize and sewage sludge: providing energy for rural communities in India. 13th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion: Recovering (bio) Resources for the World, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 25 Jun 2013 - 28 Jun 2013. 1-1. 25 Jun 2013.