Faculty Advisor

Braun, Isa Bar-On

Faculty Advisor

Tuler, Seth

Abstract

Biogas systems are a potential solution to many of the problems faced in rural communities. Rural communities produce organic waste, and lack reliable access to gas for cooking, heating, and lighting. Biogas systems reduce these problems by converting organic waste into gas through a renewable energy cycle. We found that biogas systems have trouble producing large quantities of gas in the winter due to colder temperatures inhibiting gas production. Users complained the systems are difficult to operate and maintain. A lack of awareness and education on system usage limits biogas system adoption. To minimize these problems, we recommend heating the digester to improve gas production, easing the maintenance process, and implementing an educational program.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

2020-03-03

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

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