Since 2006 the Solar C³ITIES team has been assisting communities around the world in the development of their own sustainability solutions.
Bring Solar C³ITIES home and community scale biodigestion to your community!
A bright spot in the ongoing conflict in Iraq was our visit in April of 2013 to the Iraq Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). After we built a family-sized biodigester on the grounds with their engineers, they surprised us by unveiling a host of great technologies that they are working with: solar vacuum tube-assisted air conditioning, super bright LED street lights, Iraqi-manufactured photovoltaic panels, a different type of biogas system to the ones we had built and purchased.
Frank Finver and Victoria Reppert and a group of folks from the UN, including Chief Humanitarian Officer Karin Mayer, built this ARTI in the garden at the Embassy residences. It was used for a workshop and to demonstrate the gas and fertilizer and later dissassembled and delivered as a gift to Dr. Mukdad Al Khateeb at the Baghdad University of Technology.
In the spring of 2013 Thomas Taha Rassam Culhane returned to his mother's native homeland of Iraq to conduct biogas trainings and workshops on sustainability in Baghdad and Erbil.
In January of 2013, just before heading to Mercy College in New York to teach, Culhane was invited to do a biogas workshop at Damanhur Eco-community in northern Italy. Simon Westermann, who had assisted Culhane in his biogas workshop in Budapest a year earlier, surprised Culhane by taking him to a laboratory in one of the nucleii where he and Damanhurian scientists had constructed a couple of Solar CITIES IBC based biodigesters and were experimenting with running a small generator from the gas then bubbling the resultant CO2 through an algae tank and then feeding the algage back to the dig
At Mercy College in the Fall of 2013 Culhane replaced the two digesters that had been destroyed when his laboratory experiments in room 304 were dismantled and he and Envisaj Mercy Vice President Tasheem Hall filled them with horse manure from the Rockefeller Park stables. One was kept in a shed and the other outside. They both froze solid over the long winter with a polar vortex that kept snow and freezing temperatures until May, and finally started producing gas at the end of May, 2014.
August 3 2012.
James Goodman (youth leader of the the Zombie Response Team of California's San Pedro Forest region) and his family (parents Gary Goodman, Lesly Chamberlain, concert pianist and grandmother Joanne DuBarr, and Africa development specialist Mark David Heath) pose in front of the region's first home scale biodigester (the inexpensive Solar CITIES IBC system), now in place for 'what me worry' disaster response, guaranteeing reliable clean power even when civilization goes down. Bring on the zombies, see if we care...
OK, we didn't actually build a functioning biodigester up at 5600 meters... yet!
Working with Chance for Growth e.V. we built our first Puxin 10m3 system at the Allouette School for Girls on Palawan island.
For more information see http://www.chanceforgrowth.org/gallery/biogas-fur-palawan/?lang=en
The Washington Math Science Technology School Biodigester was built by Solar CITIES co-founder Mostafa Darsh Hussein, visiting DC on an exchange program after Culhane did a biogas workshop at the school.
On September 25, 2011 we completed a 3 IBC Solar CITIES Biodigester build in the mountain village of Zazriva in Slovakia with the Catholic Youth Group "Dobrej Noviny".
Then we put everything on a trailer and brought it to the home of one of the coordinators of the program for daily use.
His Excellency President Oluwasegun Obasanjo graciously invited us to his home to build a biodigester and then brought us around Abeokuta to see his Presidential library and his farms and industrial operations and plantations and reforestation areas and to attend church services and give presentations at the local churches on the miracle and blessing of biogas as a way toward ending deforestation, one of his passions.
At the end of the summer of 2011, Culhane was joined by Ohio State University Urban Planning Professor Charisma Acey and Nigerian-German friend Paul Chido Iwunna on a trip to Nigeria, hosted by former President Obasanjo, to spread the "gospel of biogas" in Abeokuta. We built at His Excellency's home, at the Bell's School for Girls, at the Sacred Heart Hospital and at the home of a University Professor, Moses Oyatogun.