The influence of the end users context on the dissemination of domestic biogas systems in developing countries
Long term mass dissemination programmes for domestic biogas have led to a significant increase in the volume of installations in some Asian countries. While these successes can offer insights for the targeted countries, the only moderate progress in some other countries, underline the need for understanding of favorable conditions and related sociotechnical context. By applying a quasi-evolutionary sociotechnical transition perspective, this study explores how contextual factors may influence the adoption and diffusion process. The analysis suggests that the adoption of domestic biogas requires adjustments to sociotechnical configurations that go beyond the cooking system; notably animal tenure and crop production. Due to the diversity of factors involved, greater emphasis on testing appears advisable, particularly at the outset of the dissemination process. The paper can be found on pages 56-59 of the proceedings of the conference Innovating Energy Access for Remote Areas: Discovering Untapped Resources which took place from 10-12 April 2014 in Berkeley, USA.
Proceedings of the conference "Innovating Energy Access for Remote Areas: Discovering Untapped Resources" 2014