Water Biofilter Unit Willis K. Baker
SYDTF Project Chris Davidson
The intent of this project is to utilize a by-product of gasification ,Biochar and living sand to produce an organic filtration system. Our project through Sustainable Youth Development Task Force (SYDTF) brings high school student in sustainable-minded hands on projects. Through this and other experiments we will then meet with professors, and political figures to discuss projects and build youth involvement into the community.
Biochar being a carbon negative interaction with the environment and being produced in developing countries in cook stove gasifiers (Pual Oliver) and with All Power Labs Gasifiers (GEKgasifier.com) we feel this could greatly improve the access to clean water in the areas that need it most.
The carbon structure of biochar makes it a great filter media. Carbon likes to bind with all types of things. This is why so many companies use activated carbon as a water/air filter. The benefit of using biochar is that it promotes a carbon negative process and is created with the means that people and communities can produce on their own, while utilizing agricultural by-products to produce electricity and heat.
This unit is a prototype that we can test the filter ability of biochar. At this time we do not have access to the testing equipment to quantify any results but I know if we put ourselves out there we can manifest the needed supplies! This prototype is based off of the Aquaous Solitions document of low tech gasification and biochar living sand water filtration. (AQsolutions.com) This unit is a three bucket system with a crush gravel prefilter, hand pump, to a living sand biochar filter into a clean water storage.
This is a work in progress and we will keep you updated and would appreciat comments!
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