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August 24, 2015 4:15 pm

Israeli Startup That Turns Manure Into Fuel is Changing the Lives of Rural Palestinians and Bedouin

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Installing a HomeBioGas ‘digester’ in al-Awja in the Jordan Valley. Photo: Facebook.

An Israeli startup is making the lives of Palestinians in rural areas of the West Bank and Bedouins in Israel’s Negev desert easier and healthier.

HomeBioGas, based in the Beit Yanai moshav in central Israel, has invented a portable “anaerobic digester” that turns kitchen waste and livestock manure into cooking-gas.

“Families in these areas not only live off the grid,” HomeBioGas sales manager Ron Yariv told The Algemeiner. “But they dwell in tents or tin huts.” This, he said, forces them to burn wood from trees or goat manure to generate fire for cooking.

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“This is arduous and dangerous,” he said, adding that more than four million people across the world die annually from the toxic fumes emitted during this process. “It is also very harmful to the environment.”

So far, the company has installed 37 systems, one per family. Most of these are in the Palestinian village of al-Awja in Jordan Valley, with a smaller number provided to Negev Bedouins. In two months, another 37 will be delivered.

The portable product is 1.6 by 1 meters, as unobtrusive as the individual gas tanks commonly used in Israel, hooks up to the stove, also provided by the company, with a pipe.

The families in the pilot project were given instructions on how to save and funnel their organic waste into the device for optimal use. And subsequent follow-up visits have been regular, according to Yariv.

The project, in conjunction with Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Peres Peace Center, is funded by the European Union to the tune of half a million euros.

Gas is produced in the “digester” through fermentation of organic waste mixed with water and certain bacteria, which then multiply. An added benefit, said Yariv, is that a liquid is created from the process that can be used as organic fertilizer for crops. The price for consumers has not yet been determined, but the device itself costs a few hundred dollars in materials and construction.

“We have received only positive feedback about the success of the ‘digester’ from the families in the project,” Yariv said. “They caught on quickly to the whole process.”

 

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  • Walter

    Any burnable gas mixed with oxygen in a large volume can be explosive, (especially if saved in a pressurized tank). How do you keep oxygen out of the burnable gas until ready to use?

  • So what’s new? A Jewish mother boasted that her son was a scientist. Howcome, asked another? Cause he takes “blotte”
    (rubbish) and creates gold!
    Nu, said the other mother, then my son is also a scientist! Why? Well, he takes gold and turns it into “blotte!”

  • Brian Denny

    Can I get manufacturing rights for this invention?

  • Monty Pogoda

    Funny, Clever and well said!!!

  • Reform School

    Pray Islam-o-fascists do not send this project where they sent Gaza’s greenhouses. Pray users are not preyed upon!

  • Lisabeth Citrom

    I am very impressed what adifferess youwillacmplish not Ohly in Israel!
    Congratultion!

  • Vivienne Havalant (Leijonhufvud)

    Only Israel comes up with ingenious ideas. If every agricultural community did this and this includes Ireland enormous savings could be made. Here in Ireland many low earning farmers still dig out by hand peat from the bogs which is not the best thing either for the land or the environment. There is so much cattle waste production in Ireland since beef cattle is its primary export. Brilliant only in Israel. Will Israel be the first nation to turn coal back into Oil to fuel our billions of cars?

  • DACON9

    RUTHIE I GUESS YOUR MOTHER IS ARAB…
    WHY DO I SAY THAT?

    THERE IS NO SELF RESPECTING JEW THAT WOULD CALL JUDEA AND SAMERIA ANYTHING ELSE BUT THE LAND THAT JOSHUA SAID TO THE TRIBES OF ISRAEL WHERE THEY WILL RESIDE.

    west bank… palistinian…?
    your continueing that narrative only supports the false claims by arabs that you….you khazars and polish jews, as they put it, have no rights to ”’that land”’.

    SO SAD THAT you jews have no knowledge of ISRAEL AND JEWISH history.
    I also assume you observe Passover
    by having your bacon and eggs on matzah.

  • EU, UNHRC, UN, and BDS how come you do not advertise this great Humanitarian invention and contribution of Israeli Jews that they are providing to the Nomads and Palestinians and will more likely be beneficial to many remote living people around the world?

    Shame on you, stop only reporting lies and bad things about Israel but instead support and spread the Jewish Israeli brain power That are creating great deeds on a daily basis!

  • Lionel Mandrake

    Send some of these to Washington DC. There’s enoguh manure in the White House alone to run General Motors for a year.

    • Monty Pogoda

      Loved this one!! ! funny and so right!!!

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