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Gasification of Rice Hulls
Gas-Producer Engine Systems
Microfiche Reference Library
Urban Ethnology
SATIS Publication List

Gasification of Rice Hulls

Rice hull gasification could be an important source of power generation in developing countries. However, several substantial problems still exist. This book will analyse all existing problems in the field of rice hull gasification. It is a comprehensive treatment of the physical and chemical properties of rice hulls as well as general aspects of gasification which do not only apply to rice hulls. The theoretical aspects of gasification as well as the past and present praxis are treated equally in this work.

Albrecht Kaupp: "Gasification of Rice Hulls", 1984, 303 pp., English, DM 64.-. ISBN 3-528-02002-4. Published by: GATE-Deutsches Zentrum fur Entwicklungstechnologien.
Available from: Friedr. Vieweg & Sohn Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Postbox 300620, 5090 Leverkusen, FRG, and through bookstores.
The book will be supplied free to orderers from developing countries. In this case please contact GATE.

Small Scale Gas Producer-Engine Systems
Based on a broad analysis of roughly 600 papers, and a survey of over 400 institutions, government agencies and individuals in 63 countries, this book gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of gasification of many biomass fuels. Special attention is given to the analysis of performance data for small scale gas producer-engine systems and their gas cleaning trains. The book is intended as a guideline and information resource for planners and engineers working in this field.

Albrecht Kaupp, John R. Goss: "Small Scale Gas Producer-Engine Systems", 1984, 278 pp., English, DM 56,-. ISBN 3-528-02001-6. Published by: GATE-Deutches Zentrum fur Entwicklungstechnologien.
Avilable from: Friedr. Vieweg & Sohn Verlagsgesselschaft mbH, Postbox 300620, 5090 Leverkusen, FRG, and through bookstores.
The book will be supplied free to orderers from developing countries. In this case please contact GATE.

Appropriate Technology Microfiche Reference Library

Our "Pro & Contra" also deals with the topic "Microfiche Library".

Volunteers in Asia, publisher of the Appropriate Technology Sourcebook Volumes One and Two, is offering microfiche reproductions of its comprehensive appropriate technology reference library. This collection of 872 practical books and plans includes every page of more than 80 percent of the publications reviewed in the Sourcebook, plus 125 new titles - a total number of more than 120,000 pages of material. This entire library is now available for less than one-tenth the cost of a comparable paper collection.
The selection of materials included in the set is based upon nearly a decade of research directed to towards locating the most practical reference publications in the field of appropriate technology. Reviews of these materials have been published in the Appropriate technology Sourcebook, 40,000 copies of which are currently in use in 125 countries. Because the Sourcebook serves to index and organize the set, groups using the microfiche library are saved from investigating time in the document classification normally needed for a library of this size.
Volunteers in Asia offers the A.T. microfiche Reference Library and a portable microfiche reader for either 100-volt or 220/240-volt electric current for a total of US $ 825. - (US $ 575 without the reader). Airfreight delivery to major cities around the world costs an additional US $ 75.- to US $ 150. - .
A more detailed information brochure on the Microfiche Library and ordering information may be obtained from: The Appropriate Technology Project, Volunteers in Asia, P.O. Box 4543, Stanford, California 94305, USA.

Towns seen from a new angle

The book is subtitled "Contributions on Urban Ethnology" and is a publication of the Swiss Ethnological Society, which held a seminar at the end of 1981 on the subject of urban ethnology. The contributions have now been put together to make up this book.
The extensive sections into which the book is subdivided deal with urban ethnology in general, urbanisation and the growth of towns, migrations and minorities in Europe and Papua New Guinea, as well as townscapes and utopian cities. Section two and parts of section three, in particular, deal with urbanisation problems in Third World countries. Duala, Dacca and Bujumbura, to mention only three typical instances. The contributions provide information which goes beyond mere topical aspects of development policies and can supply valuable suggestions and food for thought for many readers. It is not, however, a handbook of set recipes for dealing with people and problems in the Third World. It is a book to be read when the reader can permit himself the luxury of taking time to think things over.
The individual contributions in the book are provided with detailed bibliographical notes and, a welcome feature for those who desire further information, a separate appendix containing the addresses of the individual authors.
Edited by Micheline Centlivres-Demont: "Un nouveau regard sur la ville" (Towns seen from a new angle), Contributions a l'ethnologie urbaine (Contributions on urban ethnology), Ethnologica I Helvetica, Volume 6, 192 pp with 8 illustrations, 1982. Paperback DM 35, ISBN 3-260-04967-3.
Most contributions are in French.
SATIS Publication List Second Edition

More than 1200 publications on appropriate technology and development, available from members of the SATIS network, are described in this second edition of the SATIS list of publications. With 400 new titles added since the 1983 edition. 1070 separate entries list magazines, journals, audio-visual aids, technical guides and books, in English, Spanish, Swahili, German, Dutch, Portugese and French.
These have been published and selected by SATIS members throughout the world as being the most reliable and appropriate materials on how to make, manage and maintain the technologies and processes required by local communities for their own development.
Single copies cost US Dollar 1.40 (including surface post), orders for 10 to 99 copies have a 40% discount, orders for 100 or more copies are discounted by 50%. Air mail surcharge is 40 % of total net cost.
Available from: SATIS, Mauritskade 61 a, 1092 AD Amsterdam, Netherlands. ISBN 90-6fl30-001-6.

Ecodevelopment Concepts, projects, strategies

This volume offers a significant contribution to the growing stream of writing on ecodevelopment. It provides a cross-section of first hand accounts of actual or potential ecodevelopment projects in several developing countries.
Ecodevelopment is understood as an alternative policy of economic development that takes care of environmental limits and that is logically sound. The contributions in this volume deal both with the theory of ecodevelopment and aspects of applying it. The principal issues centre on theoretical structure, agriculture, agro-industry, project planning, political implementation, and on the relationship between industrialized and developing nations.
As Ignacy Sachs states in his preface: "A common although sometimes inexplicit thread running through many essays in this book, is the commitment to activism and social experimentation even under adverse conditions. It would be too facile to sit idle while bemoaning the absence of a favourable global setting. But it would be equally dangerous to indulge in unwarranted optimism and voluntarism underplaying the power factor and the institutional obstacles to ecodevelopment. The authors managed to avoid both the pitfalls. In this book, commitment and realism go hand in hand."
Berhard Glaeser (ed.): "Ecodevelopment. Concepts, projects, strategies." With contributions by Joseph Angwazi, David Arkcoll, M. Taghi Farvar, Johan Galtung, Bernhard Glaeser, Sigmar Groeneve/d, Helio Mattar, Ignacy Sachs, Hermann Schomeier, Surindar Suri, Hartmut Vogtmann, Vinod Vyasulu, and Ben Wisner. Pergamon Press, 1984, 242 pp.

In our issue "gate" 1/84 we published an article (p. 42) by Hannah Schreckenbach entitled "The Rural Growth Centres in Malawi". A footnote was accidentally omitted. It read: "This contribution is an extract from a short project description issued by the GTZ (Section 312) for the information of visitors to the Centres".Ed.

German Appropriate Technology Exchange
Centro Aleman pare Tecnologias Apropiadas
Centre allemand d'inter-technologie appropriee
Deutsches Zentrum fur Entwicklungstechnologien

GATE is not only the name of this quarterly. It aIso stands for German Appropriate Technology Exchange, founded in 1978 as a special division (Division 21) of the government-owned Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German Agency for Technical Cooperation).


GATE is a centre for the dissemination and promotion of appropriate technologies for developing countries.

GATE defines "appropriate technologies" as those which appear particularly apposite in the light of economic, social and cultural criteria. They should contribute to socio-economic development whilst ensuring optimal utilization of resources and minimal detriment to the environment. Depending on the case at hand a traditional, intermediate or highly-developed technology can be the "appropriate" one.


GATE focusses its work on three key areas:

- Technology exchange (Section 211): Collecting, processing and disseminating information on technologies appropriate to the needs of the developing countries; ascertaining the technological requirements of Third World countries; support in the form of personnel, material and equipment to promote the development and adaptation of technologies for developing countries.

- Research and development (Section 212); Conducting and/or promoting research and development work in appropriate technologies.

- Cooperation in technological development (Section 213): Cooperation in the form of joint projects with relevant institutions in developing countries and in the Federal Republic of Germany.

For several years GATE has been an active supporter of the SATIS network (Socially Appropriate Technology International Information Service) and has entered into cooperation agreements with a number of technology centres in Third World countries. In addition, GATE participates regularly in exhibitions and trade fairs both in the Federal Republic of Germany and abroad.


GATE offers a free information service on appropriate technologies for all public and private development institutions in developing countries, dealing with the development, adaptation, application and introduction of technologies.

N.B.: The more precise your query, the better the answer GATE can give you. At the same time you help us cut down costs. Thank you!

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