RTI International is an independent, nonprofit institute that provides research, development, and technical services to government and commercial clients worldwide. Our mission is to improve the human condition by turning knowledge into practice.
RTI is the implementing partner of the Sanitation Technology Platform (STeP). STeP helps transformative sanitation technologies reach the 4.5 billion people worldwide who don't have access to safely managed sanitation by de-risking and accelerating novel sanitation solutions. We help partners - technology developers, commercial partners, and financing partners - develop strong business models, field test products in real-world contexts, and identify and nurture the partnerships needed to achieve impact.
Field Testing - field test with local partners in the target markets to inform design and development.
Market Intelligence and Business Planning - design a strong business plan for your idea using market intelligence.
Commercialization and Technology Transfer - make critical connections to support technology transfer and business launch.
User Insights - gain user insights to support data-driven decisions and inform design.
STeP accelerates innovations in sanitation by connecting partners, enabling field testing, and supporting commercialization.
RTI is the implementing partner of STeP. RTI is an independent, nonprofit institute that provides research, development, and technical services to government and commercial clients worldwide. Our mission is to improve the human condition by turning knowledge into practice.
North America University, education or research institution
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 - 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 …
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 …
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