In a way, we all produce HomeBiogas right inside our amazing bodies. And I don't mean that just as a Beavis & Butthead joke (though, check out the biogas I'm making from these chili cheese jalapeno nachos, Beavis. Hehheh, heheh.) When we eat food, our bodies digest it, absorb the nutrients, and release the rest as waste.
With the HomeBiogas 2.0, it's bacteria that are eating the food - in this case our own inedible or leftover food scraps, or animal manure - digesting and absorbing the nutrients they need, and releasing the rest as waste. It's called biogas. And HomeBiogas 2.0 has figured out something way more productive to use the bacteria's waste for than stinking your friend Cornelius out of the living room right at the big reveal in Arrival.
The HomeBiogas 2.0 harnesses the digestive waste of bacteria and turns it into gas energy you can use to power your kitchen stove. It's like the ultimate compost bin, taking in all your food scraps and dog doo, requiring no electricity or other power source to operate, and then converting it all into viable energy - up to 2 hours of cooking gas per day.
Here's how the inflatable-tent-looking mad science contraption works:
- you feed food & manure waste into the HomeBiogas 2.0 sink - up to 6 liters per day.
- HomeBiogas bacteria digest the waste in the tank, and turn it into biogas.
- Biogas accumulates in the tank, which stores it at low pressure.
- When you activate it, the stored gas flows through the HomeBiogas pipe system to your gas stove.
- HomeBiogas generates liquid fertilizer as a by-product of the waste digestion process. You can use this to feed your plants and lawn.
The HomeBiogas 2.0 arrives in a (manageable) box with all components needed to set the system up. When selecting a location, you'll want the sunniest area on your property, somewhere the bacteria can get maximal sunlight / warmth, even in winter.
HomeBiogas assembly is DIY, and includes detailed instructions. Once the unit is in place, you can "activate" it in a couple of ways: 1) Use animal manure (most effective.) The best type of manure comes from cows, deer, camels, buffalo, or sheep, not your dog, cat, and hamster; 2) In absence of manure, get a biogas bacteria starter kit.
Once you have a healthy colony of bacteria growing in the digester, you can start feeding them with food scraps and animal waste.
At printing, HomeBiogas 2.0 was available for pre-order at a discount, wiht shipment anticipated to begin in May 2018.