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Creation of Kazak Biogas
Training Center 'Azure Flame'
Project in 2004-2006

“Initial Ignition of a Sustainability”
Creation of the Central Kazakhstan
Education BioGas Center (BGEC)
“Azure Flame”.

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 of biogas and other renewable energy use in Central Kazakhstan.

The center is placed in Karaganda, Central Kazakhstan, and is hosted by Karaganda Regional Ecological Museum.

Project partners:
The project is implemented in a partnership of INFORSE members:
ECO-Museum (Kazakhstan), Renewable Energy Agency (Ukraine);
INFORSE-Europe (Denmark), and
the Bioenergy Department of the University of Southern Denmark (SDU).
The Project Coordinator: INFORSE-Europe (Denmark).

Short 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 of energy.
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 Project Activities:

February, 2004, Brussels
Europe Aid Opening Conference

February 21-26, 2004, Denmark
Project Meetings and a Study Tour on Biogas
- Study Tour in Denmark, February 2004, Compendium in English ( 589 kB)
- Study Tour in Denmark, February 2004, Compendium in Russian ( 414 kB)
- Pictures from the Project Meetings, February, 2004
- Pictures from the Study Tour in Denmark, February, 2004

April, 2004
1st Workshop/Training on Biogas in Karaganda
Pictures from the Training. Mission Report ( 153 kB)

June, 2004
Study Tour from Kazakhstan to Ukraine

October, 2004
1st Seminar on International Biogas Experience in Karaganda
2nd Workshop/Training on Biogas in Karaganda
Mission Report ( 119 kB)

April, 2005
2nd Seminar on International Biogas Experience in Astana
3rd Workshop/Training on Biogas in Karaganda
Pictures from Trainings
Pictures Meeting Media, and Parliament

October, 2005
4th Workshop/Training on Biogas in Karaganda
Pictures from Trainings

November 14-16, 2005
International Central Asian Conference on Biogas in Kazakhstan
Program and Report

December 1-2, 2005
, Moscow
Europe Aid Final Conference


Kazak Biogas and Renewable Energy Posters can be downloaded from here

Articles Published by Project Partners:

- Sustainable Energy News, INFORSE:
No.44, March 2004, project ( 33kB)
No.50, September 2005,
Conference ( 39 kB)
No.51, December 2005, Conference ( 25 kB)

- Zelena Energetika,(Green News) Ukraine:
No.1 2005, Article about the project ( 346 kB)
No.3 2005 Article about the project ( 73 kB)
- Conference announcement (Russian) ( 182 kBe)

Contact Us:

Organisations and persons participating in the project

More Information about the Partner Organisations:
- Ecomuseum:
- REA, Ukraine:
- SDU Bioenergy Department, Denmark:
- INFORSE-Europe, Denmark,


ecoumuseum REA INFORSE SDU


Project Financing:
The 80 % of the financial support is from the European Community - Europe Aid.
The remaining 20% is cofinancing from the partner organisations, partly from support from the Dutch HIVOS foundation and from the Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature.