Saturday, July 3, 2010

How Does a Biogas Generator Work?

A biogas generator harnesses these gases and quickly recycles them. Animal manure and other decayed materials are placed into the generator. (One type of biogas generator is placed underground outdoors, but the location of the generator is not crucial to its effectiveness.) The generator uses the material to create methane. The methane is released through a pipe and used as fuel for indoor appliances such as stoves. When the stove is hot, it burns the methane and converts it into carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is absorbed by plants and the plants are consumed by animals. Then, the cycle repeats.

Unlike other generators on the market, people can actually build their own biogas generators with the right tools and directions. The most important features are an airtight containment area and a tube or pipe for the energy to flow to other areas outside of the generator. The containment area for the converted energy can be an expandable balloon-like structure or a separate tank. This particular design for a homemade biogas generator is made from a large plastic water bottle, tubing and funnel. People looking to construct a generator should acquire all listed materials and follow directions precisely.

Biogas generators can help save money while also saving the environment.

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