You've heard Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner", paraphrased as "Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink". And you are probably aware that in most parts of the world the contamination of drinking water and other fresh water supplies has a lot to do with toilets. Poorly designed toilets. Poorly discharged toilets. Poorly treated toilet wastes.
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Here we are developing a new biodigester concept using concrete rings ("Schachtringe") that are readily available througouth Europe.
This is our evolving sketchbook for ideas involving the use of these rings.
1. Horizontal concrete ring digester "The Ring"
The recent workshop continued work that Culhane had done with the team at Tamera in 2011 when we held a Global Campus workshop to build Tamera's first kitchen-connected Solar CITIES style modified ARTI (Indian floating drum) digester, a delightful living fire breathing dragon now named "Holda". Holda is a 4 cubic meter work-horse (play-dragon) of a biogas system fed on kitchen scraps who (who, not which, since she is alive) has now been in continuous and successful operation for nearly four years, going from a crawling baby to a running toddler.
Envisaj Mercy Environmental Sustainability and Justice League Student Club builds biodigesters abroad
A year after our Envisaj Mercy team went on the "mother of all biogas tours", a faculty-led service learning expedition to Israel and Palestine, visiting Eco-gas Isreal and the Palestinian Wildlife Society and introduced our Solar CITIES IBC/ARTI hybrid biodigester to the Green Apprenticeship Program in Kibbutz Lotan, we found ourselves on a "student-led" service learning expedition in the Dominican Republic where several of our Envisaj Mercy club members have family.
Domestic food wastes have been the focus of many environmental remediation efforts, from municipal attempts to encourage source separation and collection to “Do it Yourself” (DIY) and commercial attempts to treat organic residuals on-site through aerobic composting.