Jean Pain compost system

Jean Pain was a French forester who has revealed the power of wood chip compost to produce heat and methane as a sustainable energy source. The underbrush from woodland, which is routinely cleared as a potential fire hazard in hotter drier places, when chipped is an excellent energy source. Pain calculates that he can get at least 10% more heat by composting the wood-chip than by burning it, whilst getting a biogas yield as well as a excellent soil improver/ compost residue which he can grow food with. His giant compost heap produced usable heat for 18 months as well as yielding a large quantity of usable compost!

(There is a part 2 to the video. The link will appear in the video window, top left at end of part 1)

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I lead on the Cwm Harry Skills and training enterprise, am a qualified teacher and permaculture design tutor and garden designer and project consultant. I write several blogs and am an avid networker and communicator on the subjects of sustainability, transition and co-operatives. I have written an occasional column for Channel4/green and have worked for Channel 4 on their 'Dumped' seriesworked as well as for BBC Wales as a green advisor on their Changing Lives- Going Green series, Nov-Dec 2009. I have been working in sustainable development, on project management and development, teaching, growing and small business development all my life really. I also grew up living and working on farms and have a broad experience working in Britain and Canada and Zimbabwe on sustainable agriculture, grass roots permaculture projects, micro business development and housing and worker co-ops. I have been based in Wales since 1994 and currently live in the Welsh borders.