Self Sustained eToilet for households/ Urban-semi urban Public/ Community Sanitation (Eram Scientific, India)
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Re: Self Sustained eToilet for households/ Urban-semi urban Public/ Community Sanitation (Eram Scientific, India) 27 Mar 2014 07:46 #7996

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Thank you Joe.

We indeed recognize this as a great challenge and are extremely honoured to be selected. We propose to develop, prototype and do a field trial of a cost effective eToilet model in a specified user community and integrate with the NEWgen reactor developed by University of South Florida (see: forum.susana.org/forum/categories/98-res...-now-in-kerala-india). We are extremely glad to collaborate with the team of Dr. Daniel Yeh, who is currently visiting us in Kerala for initial discussions and site surveys for carrying out the field trial. He has held a fruitful discussion with our R&D team.

Through this project, we propose to demonstrate a cost effective eToilet (we definitely would like to retain the self cleaning capabilities of the eToilet)design and develop using current and or alternate materials without comprising on the ruggedness and sturdiness of the structure, develop the prototype and go to the actual user site with the NEWgen integrated. The value which the NEWgen is expected to bring in is in terms of generating the water and energy required for running the eToilet. We expect that this project would prove as a scalable technology for replication across India. Both the teams at Eram Scientific and @USF share the vision and we look forward to this great opportunity.

Warm Regards,
Bincy
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Re: Self Sustained eToilet for households/ Urban-semi urban Public/ Community Sanitation (Eram Scientific, India) 27 Mar 2014 08:19 #7998

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Eram Scientific @Reinvent The Toilet Fair-New Delhi, India 2014

Eram Scientific unveiled the first-ever eToilet Imperial Model during the Reinvent The Toilet Fair held in New Delhi, India on 21st & 22nd March 2014. Along with this, eToilet School Model and General Public Model served as frontend systems for the treatment units of Duke University and CALTECH. Eram Scientific Solutions’ project was one of the 50 exhibits displayed during the two-day fair.

The Reinvent the Toilet Fair: India aims to stimulate discussion and spur partnerships to improve global sanitation and bring affordable sanitation solutions to people who need it most. The fair is also an opportunity to recognize India’s leadership and commitment to improving child health and fostering innovative solutions to persistent development challenges. The fair is also supported by the Indian Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Ministry of Urban Development.

The Imperial Model offers salient features like:

• Coin/Card based Access Control
• Self-washing & Cleaning Mechanisms
• Sensor-enabled water conservation
• Automatic Seat Sterilization
• Vacuum Flushing Mechanisms
• Air-conditioned Interiors
• Stainless Steel Built-up
• Touch-free Switches
• European Styled Squatting Pan
• Automatic Urinal and
• Sensor-enabled Wash Basin

ESS is now developing eToilets that are self-sustainable and Nutrient-Energy-Water recovering and which meets international standards. ESS is collaborating with other grantees of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for recovering water, energy, fertilizers or a combination of one or more of them through suitable sewage management solutions. It is expected that these projects would ultimately make eToilets self-sufficient in water and energy requirements.

Re: Self Sustained eToilet for households/ Urban-semi urban Public/ Community Sanitation (Eram Scientific, India) 27 Mar 2014 08:28 #7999

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If you are interested in the eToilet in India, you will enjoy watching these two spontaneous videos which we did last week when we (Arno Rosemarin and I) met Bincy at the fair in Delhi:

Interview with Bincy (5 minutes):



Technical tour of their 3 exhibits (9 minutes):



Points that I found relevant:
  1. The company Eram Scientific is registered as a for-profit company but it is a Social Enterprise arm of Eram Group, a large Indian company. Eram Scientific gets an income from the customers of the eToilet to cover part of the costs, but it is not yet making a profit.
  2. The toilets are rather expensive; Kerala is a state in India which is relatively wealthy (Kerala is the state where they are installed).
  3. They were already implementing this before they got the additional money from the BMGF. With the additional money they were able to do additional research on the self-cleaning properties.
  4. The self-cleaning properties are very important to them, at the expense of using quite a bit of water, e.g. for automated floor cleaning.
  5. The treatment side of the wastewater generated from the toilets was so far not in focus; conventional technologies were used, mainly connection to a sewer. Now with this new research grant they will connect it to the anerobic membrane bioreactor developed by Daniel Yeh's group (University of South Florida, see forum.susana.org/forum/categories/98-res...-now-in-kerala-india). This is also not that cheap and not that simple, but the field trials that they are carrying out this year will reveal more.

Bincy, Daniel and Robert, please correct me if I have said anything wrong about your project. Thanks.

Regards,
Elisabeth


P.S.
All the videos from the other grantees are available here in this Youtube Playlist (we haven't quite finished editing all the titles etc. but we are almost there. That's 35 video clips of about 16 grants + 2 others, 3 hours length in total):
www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0gMdVBup...H-6zco4XpTjxKcsB7UDW
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Re: Self Sustained eToilet for households/ Urban-semi urban Public/ Community Sanitation (Eram Scientific, India) 28 Mar 2014 12:25 #8018

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Eram Scientific receives yet another grant for developing Cost effective & sustainable eToilets


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Eram Scientific has received grant for developing Cost effective & sustainable eToilets by the Gates Foundation supported “Reinvent the Toilet Challenge: India“ ( RTTC – India) for specific communities such as slums. This research will involve ‘field testing of off-grid, self-sustained, modular, electronic toilet for large communities, with solar energy for Indian weather and integrated with mixed waste processing unit, with water, energy/ fertilizer recovery. RTTC-India is a collaborative effort of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), Govt. of India and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This program is an India-specific program modelled on the Gates Foundation’s global Reinvent the Toilet Challenge (RTTC), under which Eram Scientific has been already awarded grant in 2012.

ESS is considering to collaborate with California Institute of Technology (CALTECH), Duke University and University of South Florida (USF) to integrate various models of eToilets with the processing units of the international collaborators and test the combined systems in several locations across India.

Dr Siddeek Ahmed, Chairman of Eram Group received the award certificate from Prof. K. Vijay Raghavan, Secretary , Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India at the “Reinvent the Toilet Fair: India”, an event held in New Delhi during 21st & 22nd March 2014.

Re: Self Sustained eToilet for households/ Urban-semi urban Public/ Community Sanitation (Eram Scientific, India) 26 Jun 2014 08:37 #9086

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Self-Sustainable Sanitation Model through eShops “India’s First Technology-Enabled Shops

Eram Scientific Solutions (ESS) has launched “eShop, India’s First Technology-Enabled shop in Kozhikode, the third largest city in Kerala earlier this month. eShop, the first-of-its-kind self-sustainable entrepreneur model is a developmental initiative taken towards empowering the BoP segment of the society.

Having established a network of more than 500 eToilets spanning across 10 major States PAN India, this unique entrepreneurial eShop Model will promote sustainable community sanitation technologies through eToilets and simultaneously open up a new livelihood source for communities through eShop. The eToilet-eShop Model will ensure revenue generation and sustainability ensuring entrepreneurship promotion initiative across India. The eShops are implemented in close proximity with the existing eToilet units to promote responsible sanitation hygiene practices amongst the common man.

The eShop would provide entrepreneurs with multiple sources of income through sale of goods, income generated through user charges and advertisement revenue from eToilet. This would function as a value-added service along with the eToilet and would facilitate employment as well as income generation for the entrepreneur. Moreover, it would result in improving the maintenance mechanism of eToilet since the entrepreneur of the eShop would also be responsible for ensuring proper maintenance and cleaning of the eToilet and its surroundings.

Considering the huge unemployment rates in India, this unique intervention could trigger mass employment opportunities for small-time entrepreneurs especially women, at large and these entrepreneurs can be engaged to be the Sanitation Champions of the areas.

ESS will be implementing 16 such new-age micro retailing eShop outlets in association with the Kudumbasree Community Development Society under the Kozhikode Corporation in other prominent locations within the Kozhikode Corporation limits. eShops has been opened at five prominent spots in the region as part of the first phase.

ESS is collaborating with iconic brands such as Britannia, Idea, Café Coffee Day, Parle to inspire a nationwide movement taken towards transforming the lives of the BoP segment of the society, especially the women populace with the launch of eShop, a stand-alone initiative dedicated to helping promote livelihood opportunities for the marginal sections of the society.

The potential of this initiative at the next phase is to integrate the proven technologies of solid waste treatment, waste water treatment systems to develop self-sustained urban communities. The recycling potential of energy, water and nutrients from waste treatment can support such communities to meet their utility requirements. Developing micro-entrepreneurship in sanitation, waste treatment and similar sectors would unveil multiple livelihood options for the urban poor. Moreover, the eToilet-eShop locations will be transformed to wi-fi Hotspots to enhance convenience and mobility for the end users.
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