Well... I'm back for a while. (Last here in 2010, was it?)
Learn about and use biogas
Biogas is “the original natural gas”. Put together materials similar to those used in making a compost pile, keep the stuff warm, wet, and away from the air, and bingo: a burnable gas is produced. Use it anywhere you might use fossil natural gas, but without the fracking. You can cook, heat, provide light, and with enough biogas, even run engines or vehicles.
On the weekend of April 26th-27th, in Brooklyn NY, David House, the author of The Complete Biogas Handbook (referred to by some as “the bible of biogas”), will be offering a biogas workshop. The first day of the workshop offers complete information about how to understand, successfully make and properly use biogas. David will show you examples of and provide plans you can use to make any of the four most common types of small scale biogas digesters (the sealed containers used to make biogas).
You can bet that most of us live near a grocery store or a restaurant that is throwing away food every day. What if you knew how to build a digester and generate biogas from that food waste? David will show you the example of a small restaurant where, from food they are presently throwing away (less than a pick-up load a week), they-- or someone else-- could generate better than 20,000 cubic feet of biogas every month!
The second day will be mostly hands-on, but first you will learn the astonishing benefits of biogas, worldwide. Then those who have purchased a $30 kit will build their very own (it’s-yours-so-take-it-home) core for a very low-cost biogas digester. (If these digester cores are kept warm and well fed, they can produce enough gas for a family of 2 or 3 to cook all their meals, but the kits do not include insulation, a gas storage unit, stoves or other appliances.) Everyone who attends will get a copy of the Complete Biogas Handbook, and a CD containing the world’s best free information on biogas. Zero to biogas in two days!
Finally, at this workshop, a new, inexpensive, well insulated, 2 cubic meter digester design
will be shown, and every participant will be given plans showing how to build it from widely available low-cost materials: a $175 value! (Kits for these digesters, different from the workshop digesters, will also be made available.)
For further details or to sign up, please visit the complete biogas web site, at the Biogas Workshops page
. (Or if you wish, you can sign up by using the links just below.)
. Get a core kit (workshops registrants only) here