Traver, Robert W.
The San Francisco School is a self-sufficient agricultural school in Paraguay. We sought to reduce the cost of heating a farrowing enclosure via renewable biogas. A universal design approach and interviews with on-site experts and practitioners let us assess the system for biogas output and source necessary components. Our design and cost analysis recommended a combined gas and electric heating system. Predicted heating costs dropped by at least 15% per month. Difficult aspects of the project were changed project focus, different perspectives of the project among San Francisco school staff, cross-cultural communication and the team’s remote location. From the standpoint of learning how to negotiate technology and society, the project proved a great success; but the process is challenging.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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Civil and Environmental Engineering