Economic viability of biogas and green self-employment opportunities

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Chakrabarty, Sayan, Boksh, F. I. M. Muktadir and Chakraborty, Arpita. 2013. "Economic viability of biogas and green self-employment opportunities." Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 28, pp. 757-766. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2013.08.002
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Economic viability of biogas and green self-employment opportunities

ERA Journal ID4066
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsChakrabarty, Sayan (Author), Boksh, F. I. M. Muktadir (Author) and Chakraborty, Arpita (Author)
Journal TitleRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Journal Citation28, pp. 757-766
Number of Pages10
Year2013
PublisherElsevier
Place of PublicationOxford, United Kingdom
ISSN1364-0321
1879-0690
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2013.08.002
Abstract

To analyze economic viability of the biogas plants in Bangladesh six case studies are carried out in some selected upazilas of greater Sylhet district in Bangladesh where NGOs like Grameen Shakti (GS) and Rural Services Foundation (RSF) are delivering and servicing biogas plants. Economic viability of the biogas plants are measured by comparing prior expenditure (before implementing biogas plant) for firewood, kerosene, and other conventional sources. Economic viability refers to an estimator that not only seeks to maximize the effectiveness of financial viability but also considers environmental externalities. Economic viability for six different cases of biogas plants provides information about relative performance of the product in six different situations. A sensitivity analysis is performed using artificial neural network (ANN) model. Although economic viability of biogas is sensitive to kerosene price, firewood availability, this study reveals that biogas is economically more attractive when women could render their saved cooking time for other income generating green jobs. Biogas plant results a number of income generating new green employments for the rural community in Bangladesh.

Keywordsartificial neural network; Bangladesh; biogas; economic viability; environmental externalities; green job
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020400402. Chemical and thermal processes in energy and combustion
380105. Environment and resource economics
389902. Ecological economics
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Byline AffiliationsAustralian Digital Futures Institute
Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh
School of Information Systems
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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