Biomass gasification: field monitoring results

M.S. Mendis, H.E.M. Stassen, H.N. Stiles

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On 1 July, 1983 the World Bank, for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), initiated a programme to monitor and compile uniform data on small-scale (less than 1 MW) biomass gasifiers operating in developing countries. To date 12 units, scattered across the globe, have been evaluated; four of the monitorings being carried out by the Biomass Technology Group on behalf of the World Bank. Part I presents data gathered from two of those four gasifiers. The Burundi case study highlights the need for gasification technology to be suited not only to the energy demand, but also to the fuel characteristics. The Seychelles case study presents a more typical modern installation and clearly shows the sort of problems that have to be overcome with relatively new gasification units. Part II continues with two more case studies and indicates the conclusions that can be drawn from the data presented.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)1-18
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • coconut husk
  • Burundi
  • gasifier—engine system
  • gasifier performance
  • engine performance
  • Seychelles
  • Wood
  • Developing Country
  • Biomass gasification
  • peat
  • IR-70329

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