Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
2010 has blessed us with the realization of the first phase of our Innovations Grant. We have been building biodigesters of various types on three continents and are working hard on many new designs and ideas, letting local circumstances, native genius and collective intelligence (with the indispensable help of God) guide us.
(boat from Kigoma Tanzania past Gombe to border of Burundi, 7 hrs, overnight at border village w/o electric or water,, motorcycle to Nyanza, Burundi w/ police escort 1 hour to get 20 dollar transit visa, minivan to Bujumbura 4 hrs, minivan to Kyanza 4 hrs, motorcycle to Rwandan border 45 minutes (with breakdown), overnight border w/o water or electricity, van to Butare 30 min., bus to Kigali 2.5 hrs -- in case you want to make same trip.)
Friday, April 16, 2010
After 4 days without electricity in the mountain village of Kalinzi, Tanzania, disturbed that we, like the villagers, were forced by circumstances to use kerosene to heat our bathing water and firewood to cook our meals, Grace Gobbo (Tanzania), Hanna Fathy (Egypt) and I (Germany) have finally finished two in-ground biogas digestors and were able to demonstrate the clean, perpetual blue flames that will help halt deforestation and the importation of filthy fossil fuels.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Rough sleepless night in Kenyan paradise: Didn't know that arc-welding can cause one's eyes to itch terribly all night as if sand had been poured in them; ouch! Is it the shock to the eyes from the bright arc, or the fumes? Consolation is that we've now built 4 different types of systems; working with the kids was fun too!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Our Masai mechanic friend Stephen taught Hanna and me how to arc weld today so that we could create a different kind of biodigester today more suited to local materials and the budget of the Masai (average salary for those employed in tourism is 13 dollars a day). Turns out plastic tanks are prohibitively expensive but discarded oil drums are everywhere. The trick is welding them together to be gas-tight, and it ain't easy!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
As we spend our last night in the recycling community before departure I thank beloved wife and partner Sybille for watching over us from afar and swiftly managing all the mini-crises that arise in the field from home base, writing and calling and connecting Kenyan partners with us as we source difficult to find materials that will make or break the project.
April 1 at 2:08