Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny/Cloudy    31 / 22   City Forecast

Home>>China Business

Biogas fuels rural China's new energy drive

( )

09:03, August 30, 2011

DAPING, Gansu Province, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- In Gansu, one of China's poorest provinces, the residents of Daping Village all have two things in their backyards: biogas digesters and solar cookers.

In this barren and remote northwestern town, no energy sources could be more efficient or economical in meeting residents' daily cooking and heating needs than biogas and solar power.

"I used to burn firewood to cook. The smoke choked me to tears. After switching to biogas, the air is much cleaner, and I do not have to live with smelly animal waste," said 55-year-old villager Li Hongmei, who can now dispose of animal waste in the biogas digester.

In Li's backyard, a 15-cubic-meter biogas digester in the ground remains invisible unless a heavy stone cover is removed. A 20-meter plastic tube connects the biogas tank to a stove in her kitchen.

The local government offered her family 1,400 yuan (218.75 U.S. dollars) two years ago to fund her biogas set-up. Li spent the money on buying cement and sand and hiring construction workers.

For the past five years, the local government has provided residents with nearly 10 million yuan a year to construct these clean energy-yielding facilities.

According to data released by the Pew Charitable Trusts in April, China extended its global lead in renewable energy investment and financing by spending a record 54.4 billion U.S. dollars last year.

In the past five years, the central government alone invested 21.2 billion yuan in promoting and developing the use of biogas in rural areas, according to data from the Ministry of Finance.

Figures from the Ministry of Agriculture showed that by the end of last year, 40 million households in China, or about one-third of the nation's rural population with access to methane, used biogas, benefiting 155 million people.


【1】 【2】 【3】

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:梁军)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Fujian alerted as typhoon approaches

  2. Shoton Festival kicks off in Lhasa

  3. Afghan shopkeepers sell sweets, dry fruits

  4. Stars shine at 14th Huabiao Awards

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Message from Manila as Aquino III visits
  2. Economic storm casts pall on Sarkozy's China visit
  3. US may face tough sell on quantitative easing
  4. Asia to lead global economy out of crisis
  5. Europe threatened with banking casualties
  6. Two years of Chinese Weibo, highs, lows and all
  7. China to allow foreign direct investment in RMB
  8. French president makes unexpected visit to China
  9. Reflect on negative effects of Libya war

What's happening in China

Marriage law ruling may
help home sales

  1. Hope fades for trapped miners after seven days
  2. Death toll rises to 18 in bus-truck crash in N China
  3. China arrests over 900 in tainted pork crackdown
  4. More cities impose housing purchase limits
  5. For today's SUV buyers, small is good

PD Online Data

  1. The Yi ethnic minority
  2. The Salar ethnic minority
  3. The Tu ethnic minority
  4. The Pumi ethnic minority
  5. The Naxi ethnic minority