Supergas is an alternative energy production method and installation work that established SUPERFLEX’ practice. SUPERFLEX began collaborating with European and African engineers in 1996 to construct a simple biogas unit that could produce sufficient gas for the cooking and lightening needs of a family living in rural areas of the Global South. SUPERFLEX installed the first Supergas system at a farm in Tanzania in cooperation with the African organisation SURUDE (Sustainable Rural Development) in 1997. Supergas was presented to the public at the Louisiana, Museum of Modern Art in Denmark in 1998 through video documentation, written statements, campaign paintings, and posters. The same year, SUPERFLEX established the share holding company Supergas A/S to develop the biogas system and actively promote investment in the daily life of families living in rural areas in the Global South. The conceptual strategies and collaborative working methods tested in Supergas activities informed the following decade SUPERFLEX practice.
1997 Tanzania - The First Test
In August 1997, SUPERFLEX installed and tested the first Supergas biogas system. The experiment was carried out at a small farm in central Tanzania, in co-operation with the African organisation SURUDE (Sustainable Rural Development). The plant produces approx. 3 cubic metres of gas per day from the dung from 2-3 cattle. This is enough for a family of 8-10 members for cooking purposes and to run one gas lamp in the evening.
1998 Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
"SUPERFLEX Biogas in Africa" installation at The Louisiana Exhibition 1997. The results from the pilot installation in Tanzania 1997 were shown in the museum. The museum was a main sponsor of the first biogas installation in Tanzania.
Test carried out in collaboration with UTA University of Tropical Agriculture in Cambodia and Thomas Preston.
2002 Cheing Mai
A new version of the Supergas system, using hard watercontainers, was installed at The Land in Cheing Mai, Thailand.
Based on the installation in Cheing Mai two new Supergas systems were installed on Zanzibar in collaboration with the organizations "Dantan" and "ZALWEDA". SUPERFLEX helped installing two pilot system – ZALWEDA has been installing several systems since.
Author: Dr. Charles Green, 1999
Author: Dan Cameron, 1998
Author: Åsa Nacking, Louisiana Museum, Denmark, 1998
Author: Jan Mallan, Biogas Engineer, 1997
Author: Will Bradley, 2005
Author: Will Bradley, 2001
Author: Troels Degn Johansson, 2000
Author: Barbara Steiner, 1999
Author: Lars Bang Larsen, 1997
Author: Doris Berger, 2003
Author: Charles Esche, 2003
Author: Barbara Steiner and Doris Berger, 2002
Author: Barbara Steiner and Doris Berger, 2001
Author: Barbara Steiner, 2003