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Posted on: 4th August, 2015

Category: Home, Garden & Environment

Contributor: West Cork People

GIY Clonakilty notes by Riley Liao

The Solar CITIES Blue Flame tour held a community build of an IBC biodigester at the Clonakilty Community Garden on July 8. Thomas H. Culhane, co-founder of Solar CITIES and an expert in small-scale energy production, led the demonstration and shared his insights into the possibilities of the home-based biodigester.

A number of people attended, including families from the Clonakilty Lodge Direct Provision Centre, The Clonakilty Community Garden and GIY (Grow It Yourself) Clonakilty. Everyone had a hand in putting together the biodigester and it started to warm up within a few hours of completion.

The Solar CITIES IBC (International Bulk Container) biodigestor’s design is as simple as it can get. It’s essentially a big stomach that has two large pipes for input at the top that go all the way to the base and a hosepipe in the middle for collecting gas.

Assembling the biodigester involved ‘burning’, an exciting process where a 4in metal cylinder was heated up and pushed through the top of the tank to make a hole for the input pipe. The IBC tank was then wrapped in black plastic to prevent algae from growing.

Post-assembly, the tank’s 1000litre capacity was filled with water, and the task of shovelling fresh manure began, seeding the tank’s bacteria. The biodigester runs anaerobically (without oxygen). In a few weeks the bacteria will have multiplied enough for the Clonakilty Community Garden to start the process of feeding in weeds and food waste.

While talking about the origins of the IBC biodigester, Thomas told a story detailing his quest for a sustainable energy source during his travels to places such as Iraq, Egypt and India. The Holy Grail turned out to be a ‘burping’ bucket of liquid compost on the roof of an Indian household. There he also learned the key of feeding a biodigester food waste instead of manure — ‘it’s a stomach not a colon’.

This fire-breathing dragon is the new king of DIY projects. Once running, a daily bucket of food waste produces enough methane gas for around two hours of cooking. At the same time, the biodigestor processes organic matter faster than a compost heap without losing any nutrients. The only maintenance it requires is a balanced diet.

For more information on biodigesters visit www.solarcities.eu.

Come and get growing at the new Clonakilty Community Garden between 11am and 1pm every Saturday, behind Deasy’s carpark. GIY Clonakilty’s first meeting after the summer break will be at 8pm on Monday, September 14 in O’Donovan’s Hotel. Con McLoughlin from Lettercollum Kitchen Project will give a Nutritional Cooking demonstration.

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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

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