Far-future research dialogue by Philips Design
The Bio-digester kitchen island is the central hub in the Microbial Home system. It consists of a methane digester which coverts bathroom waste solids and vegetable trimmings into methane gas that is used to power a series of functions in the home.
The bio-digester hub is designed as a repositionable kitchen island, including: a chopping surface with vegetable waste grinder, a gas cooking range, a glass tank that shows energy reserves and glass elements showing pressure, volume and readiness of compost sludge. Materials used in the design are copper, cast iron, glass and bamboo.
The gas from the methane digester is fed to a cooking range and gas mantle lights. Water pipes are preheated by the digester and channelled to other components in the Microbial Home system. The digester needs a constant supply of waste material and water. The dehydrated sludge residue from the digester can be safely removed and used as compost.
In the home of the future we will have to rethink our own waste and convert it into a usable asset. This is an environmentally progressive product concept that allows humans to use almost all organic waste from homes, including sewage, paper and kitchen scraps, to feed a methane digester to power a range of functions in the home. It challenges out taboos and raises our consciousness of energy consuming appliances.