Sustainability issue – waste, food waste.
We generate about 1.3B tons of food waste annually, almost all of which ends up in landfills where it decomposes and release methane. Nonetheless, this “waste” contains a lot of nutrients that can be used as fertilizers and the released methane can be captured and used. Many municipalities are trying to implement composting programs but their reach is currently quite limited and the vast majority of the population still does not have access to an institutionalized compost program… so what can you do??
An easy to use home compost system!
- HomeBioGas is an Israeli company specializes in residential, outdoors, low maintenance, compost systems.
- HomeBioGas 2.0 is based on two holding tanks, one for the waste digestion, which is filled with water containing bacteria, and one for the gas generated.
- The system also produces liquid fertilizer as a by product of the process.
- The system can take up to 6 liters of food waste a day, and (at full capacity) generate enough gas daily to power a traditional stove for up to 3 hours.
- The system is very heat sensitive and does not function properly when the surrounding temperature falls under 20˚ (68F) for a long period of time.
Two key stakeholders are:
- Families and individuals that use gas powered equipment and live in areas where the climate allows for outdoor, unheated composting.
- Off-grid Communities in developing countries
Step 1 – Successfully fund their Kickstarter campaign.
Step 2 – Continue to develop the technology so that it can work in a wide variety of climates, especially in environments that have cold winter such as New York.
Step 3 – Start a new campaign for HomeBioGas 3.0 (when it will become available) while simultaneously reaching out to relevant communities and stakeholders for pilot studies and contracts.
Company website – Link
HomeBioGas 2.0 kickstarter page – Link
Another home composting solution – Link
Comment on Smart Urban Growth Tackles Mobility and Electricity Distribution Concurrently:
I would add a note about Better Place, as someone who lived 10 minutes form their HQ and witnessed their almost-rise and fall: Better Place’s plan was to first set up a charging infrastructure throughout Israel and only once they reached a sufficient quantity and reach of charging stations, then they would begin to really push their family-oriented EV model. They encountered a series of setbacks and constant delays, yet decided to release their EV when there is no adequate infrastructure to support it, which at the end (in my opinion) led to their failure.
Also, I visited their HQ and showroom about a two years before they ceased operations and at the time they were still not on schedule for the deployment (and perhaps even large scale feasibility) of the battery changing stations.”