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Biomeiler Compost Heating Workshop

Training / Education
Sep 14 2013 (All day) to Sep 15 2013 (All day)

We have invited Heiner Cuhls from Native Power http://native-power.de/en two hold a two day hands on workshop on September 14 and 15, 2013 at Driftwood Farm in Smithers, BC
A Biomeiler is extracting heat from a special biomass compost heap and is therefore also known as "Compost Heating". Their function is based on the principal of composting.
During this process aerobic bacteria converting organic matter (in this case wood chips) into heat, carbon dioxide and ammonium. This process occurs everywhere around us on the ground and in the soil.
This heat can be recovered and used for space heating and heating your domestic hot water.
Composting is the one key natural cycle turning organic matter back into its useful components. Compost can also be used to generate bio-gas through anaerobic digestion.
A biomeiler is a very simple system using just pipes, water and the compost heat from shredded shrubs. The only moving part is a standard central heating circulation pump. This simple construction reduces maintenance cost and the risks of failure.
A biomeiler "runs" for a year to 18 months producing enough heat for a house and the water. In the warmer parts of the year there will be more heat than required and it could be stored for the winter or one might share it with neighbours to help them reduce their energy bill and CO2 footprint.
This workshop will teach you the theoretical backgrounds of compost heating and anaerobic digestion (generating bio-gas) and the hands-on part shows how to build a Biomeiler.
In addition to this workshop there will be the opportunity to learn more about:

  • Biomass Gasification CHP (Combined Heat & Power)
  • Photovoltaic Systems
  • Use of recycled cooking oil for power generation and transportation
  • Battery Bank 101
  • Micro District Heating

throughout the weekend.
This two day workshop is scheduled for the weekend September 14th and 15th. We need a group of 15 to 20 people with at least 8 people willing to do some hands-on work on the second day.
The cost is $200 per participant, coffee and snacks included. Lunch and breakfast can be purchased extra.
You can bring your tent or your camper and stay for the weekend on our farm. On Saturday evening we will have a potluck dinner.
Please make your reservation asap, because there is limited space !
If you wish to attend this workshop, please make your payment till Feb 20th payable to Driftwood Farm & Services, 37665 Aitken Rd, Smithers, BC, V0J2N7
For any question or concerns you might have, don't hesitate to call or email us and please feel free to circulate this to anyone, who might be interested.