Design and fabrication of a biogas digester system. Page 2. Aim/purpose of the study. • To develop a mathematical equation for the design of a biogas digester. The Design and Build of Biodigester Toilet. 1. SCHOOL OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING Project The Design and Build of a Biodigester. BUILD MANUAL: ARTI FLOATING DOME BIODIGESTOR. (). Revision. Date. Author. Final Draft (edited by Steve Crowe).

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Hestia biodigesters are approximately 5 by 7 desiggn wide by 5 feet deep, providing about gallons of capacity. The design is straightforward: If the climate is mild, it may be enough to build a hoop house over the tank to keep the slurry sufficiently warm in winter. Alternatively, the biodigester could be allowed to go dormant during the colder months.

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Warren likes to make sure the digester is visible from the kitchen, since the inflation of the rubber top indicates if there is sufficient gas available for cooking Alternatively, a simple pressure gauge could be added to the gas line in the kitchen.

After excavation comes building the wall forms for the 2 cubic yards of aggregate-free concrete, which must be poured all at once to avoid leaks through the walls.

The PEX tubing will rest on the bottom of the floor of the tank, so two short pieces, one for entry and one for exit, must be embedded in the wall so the rest of the radiant heating system can be attached biocigester.


A concrete truck with a pump is best to fill the forms in one pour. The massive weight of the wet concrete and the agitation of the stinger make it important to solidly secure the forms. Construvtion first is a bonding coat of watery-thin consistency.

The second coat is thicker like peanut butterwith a higher ratio of Portland cement. The finish coat is another thin application. After sealing, the tank is filled with water for a leak test. If this goes well, the outside of the tank can be insulated with 3 inches of rigid foam board insulation and then backfilled.

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For aesthetics, Warren wraps the exterior of the biodigester in chicken wire and then stuccos it. The mil pond liner and steel frame that serve as the tank top are held in place with 18 anchor bolts inserted into the top of the concrete tank at the time of the pour.

The steel frame can be fabricated or purchased from Hestia. The gas line is attached biosigester a regular barbed fitting secured with a hose clamp. The rubber membrane is sandwiched between two washers and nuts on the threaded end of the fitting.

Burying the PVC line protects it from photodegradation and developing cracks that could lead to gas leaks. The most common problem is water buildup in the gas line, which can interfere with gas flow.


When this occurs, the gas line must be picked up and the water drained back into the digester. Ideally, a water separator could be combined with a pressure-relief valve on the bottom to eliminate excess moisture when the valve is tripped.

Flexible gas lines run from the top of the bladder to a valve and buried rigid plumbing. A stucco and brick facade helps the digester integrate with the garden landscape. Time will vary from several weekends to several days, separated by a seven-day concrete-curing period.

The project can be broken down into excavation and concrete; plumbing and gas piping; and external masonry. Biodigestsr building your own biodigester tank, repurposing old food storage or other tanks is a possibility for biogas generation.

Building the Biodigester

A general rule is that the tank needs to be 50 times the size of the daily input to allow for some space for gas to collect. Search form Article Search. Building the Biodigesetr Hestia biodigesters are approximately 5 by 7 feet wide by 5 feet deep, providing about gallons of capacity.

Constuction Alternatives Besides building your own biodigester tank, repurposing old food storage or other tanks is a possibility for biogas generation.

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