The Indonesia Domestic Biogas Programme is an initiative of Hivos and SNV. Closely working with the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the programme is implemented by Yayasan Rumah Energi (YRE) with funds made available by EnDev (Energising Development), the Norwegian Embassy and partners in promoting access to a modern and sustainable form of renewable energy for rural people.


The BIRU program uses a private sector approach, creating a biogas construction sector, involving locally trained contractors and masons, supported by regional or national vocational training institutions. Biogas digesters do not come cheap, therefore, to reduce the cost barrier, banks and/or micro-finance institutions will provide loans and a two-year constructional error warranty to end users as well as an investment incentive to be offered by the program.

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BIRU Digester

BIRU’s biogas digesters/reactors function as converters of animal dung, and possibly human excrement and other organic materials, into combustible biogas. Uses of biogas consumption in households, among othersare to fuel simple gas stoves for cooking and lamps for lighting.


The mixture of dung and water which enters the biogas plant in semi liquid form is called “undigested slurry.” The undigested slurry undergoes a series of anaerobic digestion processes or fermentation in a biogas digester and is converted into combustible gas called “biogas.”

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