Sichuan's Home Methane Digesters

A recent MOTHER EARTH NEWS tour to China revealed the nation was using home methane digesters to solve some of its health, food, and energy problems.



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A typical Sichuan family's home methane digester is compact and allows for periodic cleaning.
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A group of commune members excavate a pit for a home methane digester.
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Larger methane "plants"are sometimes covered with ponds, which are used to culture aquatic vegetation.
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Diagram shows the components and construction of a typical household methane digester.
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