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Nano Membrane Toilet: This Waterless Toilet Can Change Human Waste to Clean Water and Power

First Posted: Jan 14, 2016 06:00 AM EST
The Nano Membrane Toilet

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The Nano Membrane Toilet is a new innovation created by inventors in British school, Cranfield University. The scientists created a waterless toilet where a sewage system or electric power is not required for it to operate. The Nanotechnology was applied to turn human waste into clean water and energy.

Unlike most toilets, this invention does not need water and it does not smell either. The groundbreaking john makes use of a revolving machinery to transfer the waste to a holding chamber which contains the nano elements. The process also blocks off any odors as well as keep the stool out of view.

Explaining how the toilet works, lead researcher and lecturer in International Water and Sanitation at Cranfield Water Science Institute, Alison Parker said to Thomson Reuters Foundation, "Once the waste is in the holding chamber we use membranes that take water out as vapor, which can then be condensed and available for people to use in their homes."

The lecturer also said that her research team designed the project mainly to serve the poor people living in the urban areas. She added that they specifically chose the group because they are the "easiest to accommodate."

On Tech Insider, Parker justified their choice of group by saying: "It will be very hard to carry out the scheduled maintenance in remote areas, mostly because the toilet needs maintenance every six months at a minimum to replace certain parts."

"Instead, the toilet will be used in dense urban areas where a number of factors make providing good sanitation very challenging, but where it would be possible to facilitate visits from a maintenance technician," she further explained.

Moreover, with millions of people around the globe who are living without access to clean toilets, this technology was designed to help solve the problem. The Nano Membrane Toilet are set for trial runs and it has been scheduled to be carried out in Ghana, Africa.

Meanwhile, this project is being backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The private organization has been supporting the research and project development for around three years already. It is part of the foundation's "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge," which aims to help people in third world countries to have better sanitation in order to avoid illnesses like typhoid, cholera and dysentery.

Lastly, the director of Environmental Technology at Cranfield University, Professor Elise Cartmell said in the press release: "We are delighted to see this innovative solution gaining national recognition through Cleantech Innovate. The Nano Membrane Toilet has the potential to change millions of lives by providing access to safe and affordable sanitation."

See how the cheap but innovative toilet works:

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