We invited more than 20 students and young researchers from different disciplines to Kathmandu, Nepal and took a deep dive into the methods and concepts of transdisciplinary research. Here, participants share their experinces.
In Nepal, there are many successful biogas plants in the domestic sector, but only few experiences with the application of biogas technology in commercial enterprises such as animal husbandry or hotels. However, the commercial use of biogas in the poultry industry has a lot of potential as recent developments from one of our SEPS projects in Nepal show.
The project, implemented by Winrock in collaboration with the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) and NMB Bank, aims to demonstrate the viability of an innovative business model using credit financing, grants and equity for promoting commercial biogas use in the poultry industry in Nepal. In January 2021, NMB Bank extended a loan to Dashrath Poultry Farm for the construction of a biogas plant. A South-South knowledge exchange was also established by bringing in a technical expert on biogas in the commercial poultry sector from Bangladesh.
In addition, project staff use modern auxiliary equipment to monitor the efficiency of the biogas plant. The installation of a “biogas smart device” from Connected Energy (https://connectedenergy.net/smart-biogas) will help the biogas project to monitor the system performance and ensure long-term deployment.