Ignition of a Sustainability”
Creation of the Central Kazakhstan
BioGas Center (BGEC)
Creation and work of the "Azure
Flame" Center, is a way for capacity building and reinforcement
of local communities and NGOs for development of co-operation with
local authorities through promotion of biogas technology and other
renewable energy sources.
In the period of from 2004 to March 2006, the "Azure Flame" Center
has been established aiming to be a center for education in and promotion
renewable energy use in Central Kazakhstan.
The center is placed in Karaganda,
Central Kazakhstan, and is hosted by Karaganda Regional Ecological
project is implemented in a partnership of INFORSE members:
Renewable Energy Agency (Ukraine);
the Bioenergy Department of the University of Southern Denmark (SDU).
The Project Coordinator: INFORSE-Europe (Denmark).
Description of the Project:
The Azure Flame
Center became a focal point for promotion of biogas and other renewable
energy for local use, in particular in rural areas in Kazakhstan.
It is aimed at to introduce and to disseminate biogas technologies in Central
Kazakhstan, and to improve the economical, environmental and social situation
in rural communities.
The most important of the center's activities: educational training, consulting,
and designing services related with biogas technologies. In addition to these,
the center is advocating for national and local policies to encourage rural
groups, families and entrepreneurs to use of renewable and repaying sources
During the project, several material were developed e.g. training material,
educational video, posters, a self building manual, database, and feasibility
studies for future farm biogas plants.
Background of the Project:
The Ecomuseum implemented a biogas project in between 2000-2003, which was
financed by the Small Grant Program of the GEF, UNDP and HIVOS Foundation.
The project financed building of a few digesters (8, 36, 40, 67, and 162 m3).
The "Azure Flame" project, establishing a Biogas Training Center,
has been building on the experiences of this previous project. The "Azure
Flame" project included more training of own specialist, involving more
foreign experience, organising several seminars to further increasing the knowledge
of the farmers and the officials, researching feasibility and rendering support
to build new biogas plants by farmers, developing means and facilities to be
able to make trainings and optimisation of the biogas plants to the Kazak climate.
Main Milestones of the
February, 2004, Brussels
Europe Aid Opening Conference
21-26, 2004, Denmark
and a Study Tour on Biogas
Tour in Denmark, February 2004, Compendium in English ( 589
- Study Tour
in Denmark, February 2004, Compendium in Russian ( 414
- Pictures from the Project Meetings,
- Pictures from the Study Tour in
Denmark, February, 2004
1st Workshop/Training on Biogas in Karaganda
the Training. Mission Report (
Study Tour from Kazakhstan to Ukraine
1st Seminar on International Biogas Experience in Karaganda
2nd Workshop/Training on Biogas in Karaganda
2nd Seminar on International Biogas Experience in Astana
3rd Workshop/Training on Biogas in Karaganda
Pictures from Trainings
Pictures Meeting Media, and Parliament
4th Workshop/Training on Biogas in Karaganda
International Central Asian Conference on Biogas in Kazakhstan
December 1-2, 2005, Moscow
Europe Aid Final Conference
Biogas and Renewable Energy Posters
can be downloaded from here
Published by Project Partners:
Energy News, INFORSE:
No.44, March 2004, project
No.50, September 2005, Conference ( 39
No.51, December 2005, Conference ( 25 kB)
Energetika,(Green News) Ukraine:
No.1 2005, Article about the project ( 346
No.3 2005 Article about the project ( 73
- Conference announcement (Russian) ( 182
and persons participating in the project
More Information about the
- Ecomuseum: www.ecomuseum.kz
- REA, Ukraine: www.rea.org.ua
- SDU Bioenergy Department, Denmark: websrv5.sdu.dk/bio/
- INFORSE-Europe, Denmark www.inforse.org, www.inforse.org/europe/kz_biogas.htm