The Effectiveness of Small-Scale Anaerobic Digesters in Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions (V)

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Welcome to the #stemsunday edition of my anaerobic digester series, if you would like to see the introduction post please click here.

Yes I know it's a day late, and I apologize for not getting back to comments lately but I'm trying to get back on my game. It is my hope that doing this post will get me refocused!

Click here for Part II.

Click here for Part III.

Click here for Part IV.

This is Part V of my series.

The next section in my bachelor's thesis covered current emissions, since most of the research is nearly a decade old I will leave that out of the Blockchain since I am sure there are more up to date statistics out there to better serve you. If you are interested I would gladly share them with you... No one? Okay moving on.

I am now going to cover a few case studies and as noted previously the research in several years old but in my opinion, the case studies are still relevant.

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Biogas Use in Rural China

Gosens et al. (2013) conducted a case study that focused on rural China, where energy needed for heating and cooking is often hard to come by. Many areas do not have the means, nor the opportunity to acquire and consume modern energy services, causing them to be heavily dependent on the combustion of low energy sources.

The preparation and process of gathering wood, dried manure, and other sources of fuel is very taxing on individual families and also a large contributor to carbon emissions in China. The effects of burning these fuels in tight closed areas are harmful health effects and the ultimate increase of the impact of global warming, forest degradation and CO2 emissions.

Recognizing that the majority of the Chinese population is reliant on on low quality fuels, the Chinese government has made efforts to create a more sustainable China.

As of 2012, 22.5% of the rural population owned and operated ADs in a response to a plethora of goals resulting from governmental policies to make a cleaner, healthier, and more renewable rural china.

This case study looked directly at four Chinese providences and the effects of implementing household ADs on reducing poverty, improving indoor air quality and human health, reduced forest degradation, increasing supply of renewable energy, and finally reducing the impact on climate change.

Being that this biogas series primary focus is on the reduction of CO2 emissions it will focus on the final category of the reduction of climate change. The case study included both the reduction of methane emissions as well as carbon dioxide emissions in regards to the reduction of climate change. The four provinces that were studied were Gansu, Guangxi, Hubei, and Shandong.

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In the following post I will go in depth on this case study.

Thanks for Checking it out!


Sources of Entire Thesis

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