Rural Bio Gas Generator in Kenya

Mark Steudal, a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, sends us this:

This is a picture of a Bio Gas generator. It is basically a 9 foot deep well that is filled with manure and water from the nearby cows. A huge drum is then placed into the well. The drum catches the methane gases that are generated from the manure decomposing, which due to the pressure of the large drum are pumped into the house by a underground hose. This family did most of their cooking on the gas, didn’t need to use firewood or buy charcoal (except when making chapatis of course).

Bio-gas Kenya

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Author: Erik Hersman

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  5. It’s afford me much pleasure to email your
    well i am mensah and i will like to purchasegenerator
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    Hope to hear from you soonest with much thanks and

  6. that’s a amazing sotry. i’m from china and now working for a ngo who also plan to build some bio-gas toilet in rural mountain villages,can you contact me so that we can disscuss more about the bio-gas techenology?i have many questions to ask you,thanks!!

  7. hi! impressive. i am an engineer working with one of edible oil manufacturing company in Kenya. In processing the oilseeds and in refining process of oil we generate substantial amount of bio-waste, which in my opinion can be used to produce bio-gas. I need the necessary know-how and other assistance,can I be helped? Thanks

  8. Hi

    I’m about to go to Kenya for an internship and i would like to know more about this bio gas generator. Could you email me, so i can ask some questions about how to make one?

    Kind regards
    Mark Bas

  9. Hi,
    We are manufactering engines and gensets running on 100% bio gas produced in your bio gas generator.These engines are running successfully in many countries for last few years.For mor information visit our website

  10. Good day,i would like to know if its possible to generate 5kva from bio gassystem.and how much the genertor would cost and how to get the manthane generator in Nigeria.Tnx.

  11. i would like 2 know someone who can help me install a biogas me if u nu /thanks

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