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2016 - 2017
Thermal to Electrical Energy Conversion System for Reinvented Toilets Technologies
To design and test a thermal-to-electrical energy conversion subsystem that can be implemented in Reinvented Toilets for use in developing countries so that Reinvented Toilet systems can operate without grid-based electrical power
2015 - 2017
Fast Catalyst for Biofuels Production
To demonstrate the ability to convert fecal sludge to a biofuel, which will enhance the sanitation value chain and provide both pit-emptying and central processing facilities with feedstock options.
If this technology can be implemented in a financially sustainable model it will help lower the quantity of fecal sludge that ends up in the drinking water supply. These funds would build on the positive results from the Phase I study, looking at converting fecal waste into a fuel oil, that could be either blended into crude oil, combusted …
2014 - 2015
Potential for using low-cost microwave production as a drying system for RTTC units
To demonstrate the feasibility of critical technologies that could accelerate development of high value products complimenting the sanitation value chain, and other
To demonstrate the feasibility of critical technologies that could accelerate development of high value products complimenting the sanitation value chain, and other Reinvented Toilet systems
2011 - 2017
Electrochemical disinfection with integrated biomass oven for solid waste processing and energy harvesting
Developing a fully integrated toilet system that combines electrochemical disinfection technology for liquid waste processing and recovery, with a revolutionary new biomass energy conversion unit.
The RTI-led team — which includes individuals at Colorado State University and Duke University — is developing a fully integrated toilet system that combines electrochemical disinfection technology for liquid waste processing and recovery, with a revolutionary new biomass energy conversion unit to both process the solid waste and convert it …
2011 - 2012
Cocopeat for treating septic tank effluent
To test and commercialize an innovative biofilter medium harvested from crushed coconut shells. Cocopeat, the dust that remains after the coir (fibers) are removed, is proving to be an effective medium for treating wastewater.
We recently launched the first of several demonstration units for our cocopeat wastewater bioreactor technology project. For this component of the study, schools were chosen as the wastewater source for demonstrating the suitability of the technology for difficult applications. Schools represent a bigger challenge than many other sources for …
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