Small Pyrolysis Unit Product Development and Commercialization Planning

2016 - 2019 • Tide Technocrats Private Limited


To support the development of a technology solution and institutional framework to manage septage and fecal sludge from non-sewered toilets for safe treatment and disposal


This grant will fund the development and testing of small omniprocessors (OPs) at Design Validation scale at various field sites in India. The original small pyrolysis OP was tested for a period of 18 months in Bangalore India. The goal of this project is to design, build and field test at multiple locations a refined technology based on the original unit tested and validate that it can be scaled to commercial viability. The technology solution to manage septage and fecal sludge from non-sewered toilets includes a six-stage process:
a. Screening, Grit removal and Storage
b. Pasteurization
c. Dewatering
d. Treatment of the Excess water from Dewatering
e. Drying
f. Pyrolysis

Phase 1 of the grant includes Setup and Field testing of three community scale units at India at Narsapur, Andhra Pradesh; Wai, Maharashtra and Warangal, Telangana in India apart from Design and Development facilities at Bangalore, India (Tide Technocrats) and Connecticut, USA (Biomass Controls). At the end of the on-ground field test, a commercialization business plan at the unit level will also be developed.

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Partner: Biomass Controls was included in a consultancy role for the pyrolysis technology and products.

Phase 1 of this grant started in November 2016 and had a budget of $ 4,349,656.
Phase 2 of this grant started in June 2018 and had a budget of $ 3,344,884.

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Sampath Kumar
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Asia & Pacific Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Faecal sludge treatment processes Fundamental research and engineering Private sector, including social enterprises Product design and engineering Specific to one or several countries Treatment of faecal sludge


Tide Technocrats Private Limited

Tide Technocrats has been working in the areas of sanitation, solid waste management and renewable energy, since 1995. Our vision is to Enable and Empower individuals and Communities to lead an Environmentally responsible and a sustainable lifestyle Our work in sanitation involves working in technology based solutions for faecal sludge and septage management, apart from consulting projects such as solid liquid waste management, research studies, technology development, training and capacity building development, monitoring and evaluation and other areas. We are also members of the National Faecal Sludge and Septage Management Alliance in India. Our current project involves development, installation, operations and maintenance of a thermal faecal sludge treatment plant for smaller towns and cities.

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