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Electricity Through Compost: The Jean Pain Method

Jean Pain Composting Method

Jean Pain was a French visionary who established a compost based bioenergy system that provided all his energy needs. For washing and heating he heated water to 60 degrees celsius at a rate of 4 litres a minute. Through these experiments he concluded that a circular coil or series of concentric circular coils was the best design for extracting heat from a compost consistent with ease of constructing and deconstructing the pile. He also distilled enough methane to power an electricity generator, cooking elements, and run his truck. Come to be known as the Jean Pain Method this process of energy production through the composting of waste materials has been exported throughout the world.

The idea is to produce and store methane generated from the compost pile but in order to do so, the temperature must be kept fairly low. The micro-organisms in the compost generate…

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