An Energy-Producing Waterless Toilet System (Loowatt, UK and Madagascar)

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Re: An Energy-Producing Waterless Toilet System (Loowatt, UK and Madagascar)

Hi Virginia,

many thanks for sharing this interesting project. I have a couple of questions regarding to your work.

I am curious if there is odor due to serving a waterless system. If yes, does it affect the attraction of the users?

Also, with the gas production, how much of their current cooking fuel (wood?) can be replaced?

Thank you in advance.

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Re: An Energy-Producing Waterless Toilet System (Loowatt, UK and Madagascar)

Hi Virginia

Thanks for the permission to list your books in the Africa Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. As you may know this is not for profit publication, we can only send 1 hard copies for your archives par avion.

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Re: Loowatt pilot and Toilet reads

Hi Virginia !

This is Mwaniki and am associated with the Africa Water,Sanitation & Hygiene magazine.We have both soft and hard copies; the latest online copy may be downloaded at www.afriwater.org/publications. The hard copy is free and is never sold so that no one is denied access to information in line with our efforts for the realization of MDG7 on water & sanitation.

We have a page for publications and if you don't mind your list of toilet books may appear in our next edition without charge for the benefit of thousands of our readers.

Where would one place an order if need be? Could you also quote the prices?

Comments please

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Re: An Energy-Producing Waterless Toilet System (Loowatt, UK and Madagascar)

Hi,
I am Virginia Gardiner, the founder and CEO of Loowatt Ltd., a company in the UK.

Here comes another grant that has something to do with biogas (we have had a few of them lately here on this forum).



Title of grant: An Energy-Producing Waterless Toilet System
Subtitle: Loowatt Ltd. has designed and implemented a waterless toilet system that is linked to anaerobic digestion and fertilizer production systems in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Name of lead organization: Loowatt Ltd.
Primary contact at lead organization: Virginia Gardiner
Grantee location: London, UK and Antananarivo, Madagascar
Developing country where the research is being or will be tested: Madagascar

Short description of the project:
Loowatt received GCE Phase 1 funding in 2011 to implement the Antananarivo Pilot. The system began to serve paying customers in late 2012.

Goal(s):
In this project, Loowatt Ltd. further developed and tested a waterless toilet that seals and stores waste in biodegradable film, within a portable container, for easy transport to a local anaerobic digester. The toilet was functionally resolved in 2011 and had been tested extensively, first in the company’s UK office, and then in a London community. Loowatt implemented a pilot system including a toilet, anaerobic digester, and fertilizer production facility in Antananarivo, Madagascar, which has now been serving paying toilet and energy customers, and producing compost, since November 2012. All system components were designed and fully specified by Loowatt Ltd. Additional local support was provided by Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor. Loowatt’s unique technology has applications in many parts of the world and the company is looking to expand its operations in 2013.

Objectives: Loowatt Ltd.’s objective is to produce commodity-generating, clean, and intelligent waterless toilet systems.

Start and end date: Start May 2011; End: Oct 2012 (edit on 23 January 2014: Phase 2 funding started Aug. 2013 for a period of 2 years, with USD 1 million)

Grant type: GCE Round 6 (USD 100,00)

Our website: www.loowatt.com

Documents in SuSanA library: www.susana.org/en/resources/library/details/1744
(includes presentation and paper at FSM-2 Conference)

Video of Iain Purves giving his presentation about this project at the FSM-2 Conference:


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Virginia
Loowatt is a revolutionary waterless toilet system that generates energy from human waste. For more information, please visit our website www.loowatt.com
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Loowatt pilot and Toilet reads

Hello Sanitation Network! We are really glad this network is here to share ideas and talk toilets. For starters I wanted to share with you a short list of toilet and biogas books. We’ve focused this list on resources that are accessible and fun. We’ve shared it in doc format, hoping that others will be inspired too to add their fave books, share and upload new versions. We’d also like people to add more topic areas you think are relevant. Just for fun, we added a page on toilet quotations. Come to think of it, a list of web links would be a good addition. So, we’ll check back soon.

Here’s a link to download the doc (below).

Loowatt, our company, is working on setting up a pilot system in Madagascar for a toilet system we’ve tested extensively in London. Our toilets work well, and they’ve been in use for over a year now. At the moment we are using anaerobic digestion as a way of creating value from the toilets, and they’ll work with lots of other types of post-treatment too. We are on the lookout for collaborators interested in building systems with us. Check out our website – www.loowatt.com and drop us a line if you like.
Loowatt is a revolutionary waterless toilet system that generates energy from human waste. For more information, please visit our website www.loowatt.com

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