Methane Gas: The Patch-Whitley Methane Generator

Methane gas idea, design, templates and instruction for this energy generator, including the collector, the digester, filter, compressor system, and end use.



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Methane gas generator: the digestor.
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Methane gas generator: the filter.
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Methane gas generator: the collector.
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Methane gas generator: the compressor system.
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The Patch- Whitley digester is at left and their collector tank is on the right of the first photo. The smaller tank in the center contains a submarine compressor. The compressor weighs approximately 2,000 pounds, runs at 550 rpm and produces 20 cubic feet of 3,000 psi output per minute. Surplus it cost the Patch-Whitley team $1,000 . . . and it takes 55 horsepower to run the half-brass monster. Bill and Dale store some of their methane in 15 surplus submarine air tanks. Each one cost $150 and will hold 15.5 cubic feet of gas at a pressure of 3,000 psi. The system has cost Patch-Whitley a total of $4,000.
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Methane gas generator: end use.
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