This is the beginning of an online course, consisting of some information about aspects of anaerobic digestion for you to read. The discussion facility can then be used for you to ask questions, which will be answered as time allows. If you see a question you can answer please do, as it may be a while before other people look at the page.
Remember there is no such thing as a silly/stupid question - it's much easier to answer a "silly" question than to fix a dumb mistake!
There is LOTS of other information available on the internet, but I don't want to confuse you by sending you all around the world. This
is worth looking at.
Suggestions for improvement will be happily accepted and may be implemented (all things considered). Please send your comments/suggestions to
- the main resource
- An Excel steady state biogas model, mentioned in the Notes, a "zip" file for you to download
DIY Poly Digester.pdf
- mentioned in the Notes, will boil a couple of cups of water per day when fed piggery effluent
- gas quality measurement, also given in the Notes
Sequence for Chinese Digester.pdf
- description of the operation of a Chinese Digester
If you would rather a "hands on" approach see
Other training opportunities are available at
in Germany run Biogas training courses (in English and in various locations)
Appropriate Rural Technology Institute. India, offer training. See
is keen to train masons to build domestic scale biogas plants anywhere in the world.
Biogas courses in Mexico in English and Spanish, also US and Costa Rica - Contact Alexander Eaton [
in Denver prepares students specifically for renewable energy and the cleantech revolution.
AUTHOR House, David
TITLE Biogas Handbook
PUBLISHED David William House
AUTHOR Meynell, P.J.
TITLE Methane: planning a digester
PUBLISHED Dorchester, UK, Prism press, 1982
AUTHOR Fry, L. John
TITLE Practical Building of Methane Power Plants for rural energy independence
PUBLISHED Andover (Staddlestones, Penton Mewsey, Andover, Hants. SP11 0RQ) : D.A. Knox, 1974.
AUTHOR Spargo, Raymond F.
TITLE Methane CH4, the replaceable energy
TITLE Methane: the eternal flame
PUBLISHED Tomerong, N.S.W : Australian Methane Gas Research, 1979
AUTHOR Hobson, P. N.and Andrew D. Wheatley
TITLE Anaerobic digestion : modern theory and practice
PUBLISHED London ; New York : Elsevier Applied Science, c1993
AUTHOR Fulford, David
TITLE Running a biogas programme : a handbook
PUBLISHED Intermediate Technology Publications, 1988
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