Biogas is generated under anaerobic (no oxygen) conditions from biological materials, such as animal dung; human excrements; and fish, slaughter or kitchen waste. The gas generated can be used for cooking, fueling an engine or lighting purposes.
During natural decomposition of biological substances, methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, and other gases, such as carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere. With biogas technology the same gases are generated and captured inside an enclosure. The gases are then combusted for use. During this process, methane is converted to carbon dioxide and water before being released to the atmosphere, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions to the environment.
The centre offers consultancy and project implementation services for the promotion of biogas technology at institutional and household levels.