The Complete Biogas Handbook
Beginner’s Biogas Workshops!
You Can Learn How to
- Make and Use Biogas,
- Save Money on Fuel, &
- Build and Sell Biogas Digesters
Know what you want already? Go right to it:
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Need more info? Keep reading…
What is biogas?
Still a little vague about biogas? Need a bit of background? See “More about biogas”, below …
But perhaps the key point is if you want to move toward energy independence, and/or help others make the same journey, biogas ought to be on your list.
What are these workshops?
Would you like to know how to generate biogas? What produces it and how to use it? How to make really cheap, practical digesters? Attend a workshop!
By the way, these Beginner’s Biogas Workshops might not exist except for an invitation from Friendly Aquaponics: Their’s was the first workshop we gave. If you are interested in great ideas, fresh organic food and backyard fish, or for that matter if you’re looking for a great business, a right livelihood by which to earn your daily bread, check them out!
Our two-day beginner’s workshop offers complete information about how to understand, successfully make and properly use biogas (first day), and how to make simple, effective, low–cost digesters (second day: hands-on!). You make it? You take it! Home! And it’s not just about small digesters, either: You will also learn a good deal about the tools and techniques required to build fairly large digesters. (For example, we are in the process of building a 3,000 gal— 10m3— digester which will accept all the food wastes from a local fast food outlet, using the tools and techniques taught in this workshop…)
Please note that a lot of the information provided in this class— such as plans for the digester kit— is not in The Complete Biogas Handbook. (Yes, yes, that of course means that it’s not complete, we know, but calling it The Nearly Almost Complete Biogas Handbook just didn’t seem like a great idea…)
- a copy of The Complete Biogas Handbook
- a CD with a heap of wonderful information.
- a small (~200 gal, ~0.75 m3) digester kit.[*]
[*] These digester kits need to be put in a greenhouse or someplace they can be kept warm. That’s why we call them ‘kits’— because they need additional parts and work to be complete digesters.
And by the way, a 200 gal digester, if kept warm and fed, has the potential to generate all the fuel necessary to cook all the meals for one or two people. If you pay very much for cooking fuel— do you use propane?— then you could begin saving money every month, as soon as your digester is up and bubbling…
Who will be presenting?
David House is the author of The Complete Biogas Handbook, and has lectured and taught a variety of subjects in more than 20 countries. (More information about David found here.)
Do you want to have a workshop in your area? If you help organize one, you can attend for free, and will get other benefits as well. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, or if you want to be contacted when new workshops are scheduled— perhaps one that is closer to where you live— please be sure to contact us. We will in touch…
Meanwhile… What’s already scheduled?
Where? When? How much?
The workshops mentioned below have been organized with the assistance of folks in the states, regions and countries where the workshops will be held:
So let’s try it again…
No workshops are scheduled at present, but…
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|2012||Mar 31st||USA||New York (Ithaca)|
|Workshop: March 31st – April 1st|
|Ithaca, NY (East coast USA)|
|Workshop: At an unknown date, but soon…|
|Where you are,
anywhere in the world
if you arrange it…
|(Registration is not yet open for this workshop. But it could be! So contact us!) (And how cool would it be to have a workshop and build a big digester, eh?)|
More about biogas
Biogas is a naturally produced fuel, capable of powering stoves, lights, refrigerators, and anything that natural gas or propane can power. It is a gas composed almost entirely of CO2 (carbon dioxide) and methane (CH4) produced by a composting process, where air is excluded: anaerobic digestion.
Almost anything that was once alive can produce biogas, but plants provide a good deal more biogas than manure, pound for pound. (Want to know more? Well buy the book, hey….)
Briefly: Biogas? Well…
- It’s simple
- It can be really inexpensive to build a biogas “digester”
- And it offers far more energy per unit land than either ethanol or biodiesel
(Honest! Proof? See the chart and read the links below.)
As you may know, a properly–built ordinary (aerobic) compost pile will get very hot (sometimes as much as 150°F – 70°C). So much kinetic energy (moving; hard to capture and use) is released from the breakdown of compost materials! A lot, yes, but more than twice the amount of energy in that kinetic heat is released as potential energy (stored; easy to capture and use) in the bonds of the methane molecule in biogas.
(Look at the chart at the right. You can see that 90% is
more than twice as much as 40%.)
How much energy? Well, many studies show that when converting plant matter from a given unit of land into biogas vs. ethanol or biodiesel, biogas wins the contest big time, offering (for example) eight times the net energy of ethanol. (It offers lower greenhouse gas emissions than either ethanol or biodiesel as well.) For example:
(The above shows data from a 2009 study by Roger Samson and his colleagues.)