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Instead of tossing your food scraps in the garbage, an Israeli tech startup has created a device that will transform it into renewable energy for cooking gas and fertilizer.

HomeBiogas 2.0 is an outdoor appliance that will convert your leftovers into biogas and fertilizer and can supply up to three hours of cooking gas daily. Launched on crowdfunding site Kickstarter this month, the system uses a natural process to produce energy in your own backyard

Its creators say the eco-friendly system is easy to use and can be set up within an hour. The appliance uses a four-step process to create biogas. Here’s how it works: HomeBiogas 2.0 must be assembled in a backyard, up to 20 meters away from the kitchen. Users can throw their food scraps into the system sink which will break them down in the digester component of the appliance. Once complete, the organic matter will be converted into biogas and fertilizer.

Photo: HomeBiogas 2.0/Kickstarter

The gas created looks, smells and burns like traditional gas. A pipe connected to the kitchen carries continuous gas flow, allowing users to cook with renewable energy daily. The liquid fertilizer produced by HomeBiogas 2.0 is free of harmful chemicals and additives. The fertilizer is collected in the system’s pouring sleeve, which can be poured into a fertilizer can.

HomeBiogas 2.0 holds up to 12 litres of food waste and a maximum of 36 litres of animal manure. The included gas bag holds 700 litres of biogas at all times.

Photo: HomeBiogas 2.0/Facebook

The system can be assembled anywhere in your backyard, as long as it’s in close proximity to the kitchen. Assembly requires connecting a few materials and filling up the digester with water. Once complete, users have to activate the appliance using animal manure or a bacteria kit. Activation only needs to happen once and then users can use the system on a daily basis.

HomeBiogas 2.0 has already surpassed its $75,000 USD goal and has raised over $250,030 USD so far. The retail price starts at $475 USD. The first shipment is slated for March 2018.

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