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Biogas for a Distributed Development: Lessons learnt from Italian and Swedish cases

Di Ponte, Silvia LU (2010) In IIIEE Master thesis IMEN41 20101
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Abstract
This thesis has two values. On one side, it aims at being a contribution to a betterunderstanding of the original concept of distributed economies. On the other side, it aspires atproviding useful decision criteria to those stakeholders that plan to locally develop a biogassystem.This thesis is developed from the Distributed Economies concept, which envisionsdecentralized, self-reliant and synergistically networked systems of production andconsumption, aiming at social well-being and quality of life. The study primarily focuses onenergy, and more specifically on systems dealing with biogas from anaerobic digestion. Itexplores how biogas can contribute to a distributed development of an area, and how theimplementation of such a system can... (More)
This thesis has two values. On one side, it aims at being a contribution to a betterunderstanding of the original concept of distributed economies. On the other side, it aspires atproviding useful decision criteria to those stakeholders that plan to locally develop a biogassystem.This thesis is developed from the Distributed Economies concept, which envisionsdecentralized, self-reliant and synergistically networked systems of production andconsumption, aiming at social well-being and quality of life. The study primarily focuses onenergy, and more specifically on systems dealing with biogas from anaerobic digestion. Itexplores how biogas can contribute to a distributed development of an area, and how theimplementation of such a system can be locally undertaken.The research first looks into three existing biogas systems, namely, Kristianstad and Västeråsin Sweden, and Camposampiero in Italy. Based on these cases, recommendations for anaudience-case, which is Umbertide, in the Centre of Italy, are elaborated.The findings underline the importance of a bottom-up and participative approach, meant tovalorize local resources and to grasp context-specific opportunities.Five factors enabling a distributed energy system have been identified, and they concernsupply, demand, technology, actors and financing. (Less)
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author
Di Ponte, Silvia LU
supervisor
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IMEN41 20101
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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publication/series
IIIEE Master thesis
report number
2010:25
ISSN
1401-9191
language
English
id
1747470
date added to LUP
2011-01-13 12:06:42
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  abstract     = {This thesis has two values. On one side, it aims at being a contribution to a betterunderstanding of the original concept of distributed economies. On the other side, it aspires atproviding useful decision criteria to those stakeholders that plan to locally develop a biogassystem.This thesis is developed from the Distributed Economies concept, which envisionsdecentralized, self-reliant and synergistically networked systems of production andconsumption, aiming at social well-being and quality of life. The study primarily focuses onenergy, and more specifically on systems dealing with biogas from anaerobic digestion. Itexplores how biogas can contribute to a distributed development of an area, and how theimplementation of such a system can be locally undertaken.The research first looks into three existing biogas systems, namely, Kristianstad and Västeråsin Sweden, and Camposampiero in Italy. Based on these cases, recommendations for anaudience-case, which is Umbertide, in the Centre of Italy, are elaborated.The findings underline the importance of a bottom-up and participative approach, meant tovalorize local resources and to grasp context-specific opportunities.Five factors enabling a distributed energy system have been identified, and they concernsupply, demand, technology, actors and financing.},
  author       = {Di Ponte, Silvia},
  issn         = {1401-9191},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {IIIEE Master thesis},
  title        = {Biogas for a Distributed Development: Lessons learnt from Italian and Swedish cases},
  year         = {2010},
}