Tips to Install a Methane Digester

November 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Solar Energy Tips

Well, thus far we’ve talked about the potential of methane digesters and what is possible. Unfortunately, there is a dark side and that is Government Regulation, Government Involvement, and the fact that you will have to get permission for this project from someone that will most likely not even understand what you are asking for. It would be real easy to get pessimistic now and really go off on the Government and influence of big business — maybe later!

Seriously, there is definitely room for concern. The diseases that face mankind now are scary. Salmonella, E-coli, and the likes have killed people. And when it hits the news, it’s an industry killer also. Just recently there was the cantaloupe listeria outbreak in Colorado, and the classic example was the recent European E-coli outbreak found on German organic sprouts. 22 people died, and over 2000 were sickened, and the interesting thing was how it devastated the Spanish agricultural industry when they were wrongly accused of tainted cucumbers.

So people die from food, and you want to fertilize your garden with poop! It sounds insane, but it is what was meant to be. It is my opinion that our deviation from the natural order of things is the cause of the diseases to begin with. And if it’s not the cause, then it’s our weakened state that brought about our body’s inability to fight off those diseases. Anyhow, there are 5,000,000 Chinese people doing it without any problems.

Back to the problem at hand, and that is even though we re-create our circle of life and our bodies now have everything we need, there’s no way to know how long it will take for the strengthening to withstand a civilized disease like E-coli. The point is that even though others are using it, with no ill effects, maybe some remediation wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

For starters, I am building two systems, one for toxic human waste, and one for socially acceptable animal and vegetable waste. But it’s time now to explain how they work.

The correct term is Anaerobic Digester. This means that the digesting is done in the absence of air. There are several separate bacteria types that break down the wastes in a process that, in the end, produces methane, carbon dioxide, and a small amount of hydrogen sulfide and fertilizer. The resulting gas can be burned as is for heat, cooking or lights, or the carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide can be scrubbed out and the methane used as a fuel in an engine. Unfortunately, there is not enough gas to do much more than cooking and lighting.

Back to the whole concept that matter is neither created nor destroyed, the wastes are broken down, liquefied and in the end are ready for the soil to deliver to the plants. The micronutrients we added to the soil went to the plants, then to us as food. We also took in additional supplemental micronutrients and our waste went into the digester. Our micronutrients are prepared and sent back to the plants for another cycle. Eventually, as we continue supplementing, and adding more of the missing ingredients, we will restore what was meant to be.

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