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Jean Pain (12 December 1928 – 30 July 1981) was a Swiss-born French inventor and innovator who developed the compost heater, a compost-based bioenergy system, that produced 100% of his energy needs. He heated water to 60 °C (140 °F) at a rate of 4 litres per minute (0.88 imp gal/min; 1.1 US gal/min) 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".
Jean and his wife, Ida, lived near Domaine des Templiers, on a 241-hectare (596-acre) timber tract near the Alpes de Provence.
See main article compost heater.
- Digital reproduction of 1981 Readers Digest article
- Comite Jean Pain, Belgian organisation established to promote the methods of Jean Pain
- European bioconversion projects and realizations for macroalgal biomass: Saint-Cast-Le-Guildo (France) experiment, reference to Pain method of breaking down wood chips in relation to the composting of macroalgal biomass
- Another Kind of Energy or ComPost-Modernism, essay by Peter Bane for the Permaculture Activist
- DIY Water Heating with Compost, article in Mother Earth News (July/August 1981)
- Ida and Jean Pain Composting, article in Tribe Net (September 2007)
- A collection of articles innovating on the method, Build It Solar (magazine)
- 70 page German language booklet, drachenmuehle.de