07 Mar 2016
Beit Yanai, Israel
Renewable energy and energy efficiency, Resource efficiency and sustainable waste management

HomeBiogas is an innovative system created by an Israeli startup that enables the production of biogas from organic waste. Designed for home use, this system also opens up new possibilities in remote areas that face problems accessing electricity.

Fossil fuels account for 80% of CO2 emissions and 67% of greenhouse gas emissions according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published in 2015 and are considered to be the main cause of global warming. HomeBiogas offers an ecological, economic and sustainable alternative to fossil fuels with the development of technology for the domestic production of biogas.

Created in 2012 by Yair Teller and Oshik Efrati, this Israeli startup develops biodigesters that convert organic waste into clean energy and fertilizer. These digesters are sold in kits that can be easily installed in gardens. Seven years of research were required to develop this ingenious system.

Recycling waste to produce biogas | The Switchers

Biogas is produced by the fermentation of organic matter in the absence of oxygen, a natural process called “anaerobic digestion”. Every day the digester can handle about 6 litres of food waste or 15 litres of organic material of animal origin. It can produce about 600 litres of clean gas per day (the equivalent to 3 hours of cooking) and 6 litres of high quality liquid fertilizer.

HomeBiogas helps the environment by providing a tool that not only treats waste, but also extracts and maximizes waste’s potential as a renewable resource.Oshik Efrati, co-founder of HomeBiogas
Recycling waste to produce biogas | The Switchers

HomeBiogas is a virtuous system at all levels. First, because it allows the treatment of household waste. Then the recycling of this waste can produce clean and free energy as well as fertilizers. Finally, the fertilizer production encourages domestic agriculture. According to its creators, HomeBiogas allows users to reduce their C02 emissions by up to 6 tonnes per year.

The system was presented at the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015, and offers an innovative solution for remote areas that have no access to electricity. HomeBiogas implements projects co-financed with public organizations or foundations to enable rural residents to make their own biogas. In 2015, the company installed around forty digesters in the Palestinian village of Al Awja as part of a project funded by the European Union.

HomeBiogas Production of biogas
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