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28 June 2017

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Renewable energy is becoming crucially important, as concern for the effects of burning fossil fuels is increasing and the oil price continues to rise. Dr David Fulford has been involved in this area for  over 30 years, waiting for the rest of the world to catch up.

David Fulford was part of a group working in Development and Consulting Services (DCS) of the United Mission to Nepal (UMN) that set up the Gobar Gas Company in 1977. The DCS project was funded by USAID from 1979 to 1984 and the final reports to USAID were published as a two volume book: Biogas in Nepal Vol I and Biogas in Nepal Vol II.

The Gobar Gas Company was the forerunner of the Biogas Support Programme (BSP) set up by SNV (the Dutch Aid Group). BSP (now Biogas Sector Partnership) won an Ashden Award in 2006.

Before he went to Nepal, David worked with a team developing the Humphrey pump at the University of Reading.

Since returning to the UK in 1984 and completing a PhD, he taught on the MSc course on Renewable Energy at the University of Reading. As an academic, he has been involved in a wide range of consulting and project work related to renewable energy technologies in different parts of the world.

In 2007, he set up Kingdom Bioenergy Ltd to encourage the development of biogas technology. Using experience from consulting work, he is advising Advanced Anaerobics Ltd, a group who are developing a low cost farm based anaerobic digestion system for the UK.  

As a result of visits for Ashden, he has liked up with SKG Sangha, an NGO in South India and set up Foundation SKG Sangha, as a UK registered charitable company to encourage biogas programmes.

He also gives talks and presentations on the subject of biogas technology to various groups.

A map of places he has visited is available.

Kingdom Bioenergy Ltd is involved in on-going R&D work, developing a concept called a Counter-Flow Leach Bed (CFLB) predigester.

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