Lugt og Ulugt i Mellemtiden: Using heatcomposting as a renewable energy source for aquaponics

Morten Brok Steffensen, Daniel Ellehammer Larsen, Ane Terp Rasmussen, Niels Ørbæk Christensen & Sara Breum Wagner

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper explores the possibility of extracting heat from a natural process of decomposition.Located in PlanteLaboratoriet at Nørrebro and based on the principles of recycling, sustainability and living technology, a group of people have set up an aquaponic system, in which fish and plants grow in an interdependent cycle. However, the system faces several issues in which cold winters are one of the more substantial, as the system require a certain temperature. With the specific aquaponic system in PlanteLaboratoriet in mind, we have an initial presumption of the potential in heat composting as a power source. Through experiments, a french inventor named Jean Pain, created a huge compost pile, which produced massive amounts of heat. In this paper, we wish to find out if this technique can be applied in a smaller scale in an urban environment with the aim of creating a warm, green spot of life in the grey cold city. Through a practice oriented approach, we have explored several different designs of urban compost containers. In this design process and through a number of experiments, we have learned, that you can in fact extract a noticeable amount of heat from a compost compound, though constraints remain due to the limiting conditions a city provides.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk-Teknologisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato23 jun. 2014
VejledereBente Kjærgård


  • Compost
  • Urban
  • Lugt
  • Renewable
  • Energy
  • Nørrebro
  • Heatcompost
  • Aquaponics
  • Ulugt
  • Waste
  • Source
  • PlanteLaboratoriet