Lori Zimmer

Self-sustaining BioEnergy Domes Produce Organic Veggies, Fish and Energy!

by , 07/17/11

green design, eco design, sustainable design, Pacific Dome, BioEnergy Dome, Geodesic dome, geodesic farm, algae, organic farming, organic fish farm, self-sustaining, self-sufficient pond, self-sufficient architecture, Navajo Indian Reservation, Naatani, Arizona

Pacific Domes has already installed a BioEnergy Dome that helps feed and supply energy to the residents of the Navajo Indian Reservation in Naatani, Arizona. The interior hosts a fresh pond, which provides water to a multitude of plant trays stacked throughout the dome. Each day, the dome farm produces around 11 lbs of fresh, organic, chemical-free produce.

The pond is thick with duckweed and algae, which feeds the fish within. Since algae have incredible filtering properties, the entire system is self-cleaning, and therefore chemical-free. The fish produced are clean, organic, and plentiful – the dome produces around 100-150 pounds of fish each year. The algae in the pond can alternatively be used to treat greywater instead of for farming, removing contaminants from laundry, dishwashing and other household processes.

Aside from producing vegetables, the domes produce plants that are converted into energy using a methane digester. The methane is then converted into kilowatt energy, which can be used to power a generator. Duckweed and algae also harness solar energy, converting it to biofuel. The dome can create enough bio-fuel to power one home each day.

Because the domes are so aerodynamic, wind harvesting is easy as well – the domes are a true powerhouse of sustainable design. The domes can also be used for events, overnight retreats, or meetings – and can be constructed virtually anywhere.

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6 Comments

  1. bobbyboy101 February 19, 2012 at 12:37 am

    I enjoy your Inhabitat website and certainly appreciate your dedication to renewable and sustainable architecture and bio energy. The bio energy dome is probably the most renewable and sustainable bio energy structure on Planet Earth. I will be setting up my Bio Energy Dome in southeast Texas in the next month or so and will be posting videos on Youtube. Feel free to contact me at my e-mail address.
    Respectfully, Truman Anderson

  2. jhoppy January 13, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Still not Affordable for the average person .

  3. SunnySoleil December 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Cannot find any price lists anywhere other than event dome at $68k on sale. Love this idea, but hope that somewhere someone will invent a system that the poorer members of society an afford. I can see these at community food forest sites supplementing native food with more tropical foods..

  4. chevys10ss October 23, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Can you buy one?

  5. bioneer1 October 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I live in a yurt and am close to being totally sustainable. I have my own well, use solar for power. I can’t yet afford solar thermal so I have propane for backup which I use very little. I am very interested in the dome information. Curious as to how it differs from the one made by Growing Spaces. This is the next item on my wish list.

  6. DarqueGoddess October 16, 2011 at 12:35 am

    interested in finding about others who do sustainable living, solar power and organic gardening

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