23. July 2018
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Prepare a delicious dinner with your own biowaste? Sounds unappetizing at first and seemingly beyond the realms of possibility. But this is just what an Israeli start-up has managed with its product by the name of HomeBiogas. But this is no newfangled edible insanity, but an ingenious principle of energy production.
The household holds the key
The centerpiece of the process is an inflatable container that transforms organic waste into energy and can keep a gas stove going on a constant and high flame for up to 3 hours. Handling is as easy as turning on the stove itself. Animal, vegetable, fruit or meat waste, even bones, enter the body of the container via a funnel. Here the process starts that we know as the conversion of biomass into methane. The gas then rises to the upper part of the container where it is ready to perform. What is needed to offer bacteria the adequate conditions for conversion? Heat, light and water. Those who look after these three components can conjure up wonderful menus with biogas in the future. This sustainable resource created is coupled to the cooker via a conventional gas pipe. Another pleasant spin-off: Liquid fertilizer, the waste left over from the waste, as it were. There is hardly a better way to enhance the domestic herb garden than self-made liquid fertilizer. But we are not the only ones to really appreciate HomeBiogas.
The product is already used in regions where alternative sources of energy are particularly sought after. As was the case in the East African country of Ruanda, as a means of reducing dependence on coal and wood, as a fuel for smaller communities. HomeBiogas was welcomed with open arms as a cost-effective and, above all, sustainable alternative. And another thing: cooking with HomeBiogas is considerably healthier than burning wood or coal. The effects: Improved health conditions and regulated waste management with precious added value.
Conclusion: An outstanding and hopefully consciousness-stirring method for consuming less non-renewable resources in the future.