Tuesday, December 29, 2015
5 Awesome Advantages of Using Biogas as a Cooking Fuel
The biogas from a home biogas plant need only be compressed by placing a weight on the biogas collection and storage sack or dome over the digester tank, and possibly filtered through water, before it can be piped direct into a cooking stove,
This is truly cheap and simple to do, and the initial "fuel" or feedstock that the biogas digester is made from is simply the waste organic material produced by the family or community which runs the digester.
In rural communities in the developing nations the following list of advantages normally will apply:
1. Biogas production needs less labour than tree felling, especially when the trees are far away from the home and need to be transported.
2. Trees can be retained. Using biogas avoids the need for constantly removing trees for firewood allowing forests and woods to recover and grow, bringing shade, shelter, and forest products, plus maybe food as well.
3. Biogas is a quick, easily controlled fuel. Turn it on at a tap, light it and the heat is there to use immediately. In contrast using wood takes time to get the fire warm enough, and the fire needs attending for that period as well.
4. Biogas emits no smoke, when burnt correctly. It has no smell when pure (unless there is a leak and then you need to know of the leak, in any event). This means massively reduced eye and respiratory irritation, and extends the lives of all who use smoky wood stoves.
5. Clean pots! Yes. Pots and dishes, in fact everything remains much cleaner when using biogas as a cooking fuel instead of wood.
In reality, these are just a few of the examples where using biogas for cooking instead of wood, or even fossil fuel alternatives such as LPG in cyclinders, (which is so expensive in the developing nations), has so many advantages.
So, why aren't more people doing it? Let us read your opinions please, in the comments box below.