Jean Pain Composting – All the Energy You Need, From the Garden

by Benjamin Falloon,

My partner Nina Grundner and I have just finished translating a 15 minute german video documentary short on the frenchman Jean Pain. For those unfamiliar with his work, I’ll quote wikipedia verbatim….

Jean Pain (1930 – 1981) was a French innovator who developed a compost based bioenergy system that produced 100% of his energy needs. He heated water to 60 degrees celsius at a rate of 4 litres a minute which he used for washing and heating. He also distilled enough methane to run an electricity generator, cooking elements, and power his truck. This method of creating usable energy from composting materials has come to be known as Jean Pain Composting, or the Jean Pain Method. – Wikipedia

Watch the clips here:

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Part 1

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Part 2

If you’re interested in learning more about his methods, there is a ebook available titled "Another Kind of Garden". You can purchase a copy here. The checkout process is in French, but you can get the english version.

Please feel free to distribute these video links to any people you might find will benefit or enjoy this information. To my knowledge, this is the only footage of Jean Pain accessible to english speakers.