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Homemade cooking gas for FREE - Bio-gas workshop

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Homemade cooking gas for FREE - Bio-gas workshop

Time: August 2, 2014 from 10am to 4pm
Location: Woodridge and Tanah Merah
City/Town: Logan Queensland Australia
Phone: 0422 905 876
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: Lyn Buffett
Latest Activity: Aug 1, 2014

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With electricity prices rising, you are probably wondering how you can save money on your power bill.  The solution could be a simple domestic-sized gas generation system (bio-gas plant).  The system will cost you less than $100 to set up and from then on you can create an abundance of cooking gas for free.  It’s like solar, but without the hefty price tag.

It is so easy to do that anyone can construct a simple, durable, inexpensive and leak-proof system in just a few hours, that should remain maintenance free for many years. 

Bio-gas systems are ideal for backyards or community gardens as they are compact, simple and able to be adapted to the space available. 

Colin Westwood, who will be presenting this workshop, is very experienced in the construction and operation of bio-digesters.  After extensive research, he has developed an improved digester system with equipment and materials that are cheap, readily available and very well suited to gas generation and storage.

The workshop will mainly focus upon a practical hands-on session where we will design and install a bio-gas plant. By the end of the workshop, attendees will feel comfortable designing, building and operating their own bio-gas plant.

Presenters: Bio-gas expert Colin Westwood and LFG President Lyn Buffett

Cost $50 per person Limit of 30 people

Bookings essential!  RSVP to this event post.  If you are bringing someone please write a comment in the comment box below.  Call me (Lyn) if you need clarification 0422 905 876

Part 1 Visit an existing bio-gas plant (Optional)

         10am sharp -11:30 at 147 Station Road Woodridge  

Part 2 Theory and practical hands-on design and install a bio-gas plant.

          1pm to approx. 4pm at 75 Sewell Rd Tanah Merah


Part 1 Visit an existing bio-gas plant (Optional)

The workshop will offer participants the opportunity to visit an existing bio-gas plant that has been in operation for over two years. This part of the workshop is optional if you have already seen Colin’s system in operation.

Part 2 Theory and practical hands-on design and install a bio-gas plant.

Learn the theory and the essentials for designing, constructing and maintaining a domestic bio-gas system, then get involved with the construction of an actual system.

This workshop will give participants an in-depth understanding of methane, its uses, the dangers, and how to harness methane gas safely and cheaply in order to provide free energy that would otherwise be lost to the atmosphere.  Attendees will be provided with workshop notes and links to useful resources.

We will discuss how and where to source the necessary materials needed to construct your own bio-gas plant. We will then assemble a bio-gas plant, using recycled materials wherever possible, and begin the process needed to prime and begin capturing high quality methane. You will also learn how to modify a simple portable propane gas burner to use as a cooking stove with our methane gas and how to install a very simple but sturdy storage system for the gas that is produced. The various materials that can be used to produce methane will be looked at in some detail, then the various ways that we can utilize the digester sludge that is an end product of gas production will be addressed.


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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 1, 2014 at 18:34

I had to drop out Lyn.  I have a few issues at home that require some attention. 

Comment by Lyn Buffett on August 1, 2014 at 16:50

There are still spaces available for tomorrow's workshop.  Please come along to Colin's place in Woodridge at 10am (see invent post for more details)

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 27, 2014 at 22:33

I'm going to try to get there.  It looks really interesting.  

Comment by Lyn Buffett on July 27, 2014 at 21:20

You are welcome Donna.  This is really exciting stuff.  I think it is amazing how easy it is to make our own gas in a normal backyard.  I previously thought that bio-gas plants were for industry, farms or third world communities who had a lot of animal dung.

Comment by Donna on July 27, 2014 at 11:45

Thank you for all the great info Lyn. Definitely looks interesting. I can't make this workshop, but hope to see one again in the future!

Comment by Lyn Buffett on July 22, 2014 at 10:49

Some examples Donna are: animal manures, urine, food scraps, water weeds, organic fertiliser pellets eg organic extra and others.  Colin will talk about using readily available materials and the proportion of those to achieve an ideal carbon to nitrogen ratio.

Comment by Donna on July 21, 2014 at 11:22

Hi Lyn, would you be able to provide a quick rundown of the sorts of materials that can be used to source the methane?

004vjcwposmmv Comment by 004vjcwposmmv on July 18, 2014 at 8:57

Hi Lyn, I would like to book Frank Huysing for the workshop,

Comment by Lyn Buffett on July 1, 2014 at 22:06

Yes burning methane turns it into carbon dioxide a less potent greenhouse gas.

Many landfills collect the Methane generated during the anaerobic breakdown of organic matter.  They then burn it to generate electricity that is fed into the grid.  Some even consider this to be "green energy".  It certainly is better than the methane being allowed to escape into the atmosphere, but it would be better if organic matter never went into landfill in the first place.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 30, 2014 at 21:25

Fascinating. Methane … isn't that one of the worst of the greenhouse gasses? Does burning it make it less of a greenhouse hazard?

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