Implementation of DRDO Biotoilet through Public-Private model in India - such as Banka Bioloo

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International Business Forum (IBF), Changing Markets Award 2013 (Turkey, Istanbul 23-24 Oct. 2013)

The CHANGING Markets Award rewards enterprises that are actively contributing to a greener, more inclusive world. 10 enterprises will be selected as finalists and be invited to the 16th International Business Forum (IBF) in Istanbul, Turkey on the 23-24 October 2013.


Note by moderator: A related thread about the DRPO biotoilets that Banka BioLoo is marketing is here:
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/35-bio...-constructed-wetland

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Re: IBF - Istanbul

We'll be at the IBF, Istanbul, for the Changing Markets Award. Is someone coming, would be good to catch-up.

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Re: IBF - Istanbul

Dear Namita Banka,
I did a Google search for the event that you mentioned and I think you mean this one, right?
www.ibf2013.net/en/award.php

Could you please tell us a bit more about this event, i.e. why is a company from India going all the way to Turkey for this? I am intrigued because it's organised by GIZ and BMZ (i.e. German government) but I had never heard about it until you mentioned it.

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Re: FW: [SuSanA forum] IBF - Istanbul (Events)

Dear Elisabeth,

Yes, the link is correct. We are a finalist at the Changing Markets Award 2013, our sanitation solutions are environmentally and socially friendly.

We received an invitation to apply for the award (guess, Adelphi knows us and our work - www.adelphi.de/de/allgemein/aktuell/43471.php They probably know us through g2i2summit.com ). Travel expenses are borne by GIZ. Am not sure if these are new set of awards or are a regular feature, every year.

Sector Project Sustainable Economic Development of GIZ seems to be sponsoring the event.

I don't know what Adelphi has got to do with this award. To our understanding, Adelphi seems to be organizing/ associating with a number of events.

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I am Sanjay, Namita's spouse and primarily responsible for the external relationships of the company. The photo on SuSanA is of Namita - founder and CEO of Banka BioLoo Pvt Ltd, and currently she's in Istanbul for the event. She is the Asia-Pacific Laureate of the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards 2013 www.cartierwomensinitiative.com/ The function took place last week, and we were there.

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Re: Banka BioLoo is 2013 Asia-Pacific Laureate at Cartier Women's Initiative Awards

Banka BioLoo, the bio-toilet company from India, is the 2013 Asia-Pacific Laureate at Cartier Women's Initiative Awards

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Re: Panel Discussion on Sanitation at SOCAP 2014, San Francisco, USA (3 Sep 2014)

The SOCAP conference is one of the top conference series worldwide on social enterprise and impact investing. SOCAP convenes a global community of investors, entrepreneurs, corporations, philanthropists, government agencies, and thought leaders; providing context, curation, and acceleration for the rapidly-growing sector.

This year there's a panel discussion on "Global Health and Innovation around Sanitation" on 3 Sep 2014 at 1445 hours (local time) socap14.pathable.com/meetings/214258

Banka BioLoo, Humanure Power, Resource Sanitation, Sanergy, SOIL are amongst the speakers.

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Re: Sanitation awareness raising and World Toilet Day 2014

Banka BioLoo Pvt. Ltd. organized the event in collaboration with South Central Indian Railways on the occasion of World Toilet Day. The event was organized on a rail platform of the Secunderabad Railway Station (Hyderabad, India). Indian Railways Officers, along with public showed great enthusiasm in coming forward and participating in the event.

The idea was to spread awareness regarding health and sanitation issues and about the bio-toilets that are being installed in the trains. Information regarding the benefits of bio-toilets was disseminated among the public through pamphlets and banners and all queries regarding the same were answered by the Banka BioLoo Team, which was present from morning 6 am till 9 pm in the evening.

Overall, it was an enriching and satisfying experience for the Banka BioLoo Team, which remained on its toes during the entire day to make sure that they were able to reach out to as many people as possible, thereby contributing in its own small way to the betterment of health and sanitation situation in India.

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Re: Implementation of DRDO Biotoilet through Public-Private model in India - such as Banka Bioloo

Green Industry Platform (GIP) is an UNIDO-UNEP initiative to highlight the environmenatally-friendly businesses and provide a platform for bringing them together. GIP also has a Women in Green Industry Chapter that tries to connect and network women who work in this area, as well as raise awareness on their specific contribution to green industry. The paltform was happy to share the green sanitation work of Banka BioLoo, led by Namita Banka. The post was here www.greenindustryplatform.org/?p=2568
More on the company, including the system, solution and the working of the bio-toilet can be found at www.bankabio.com

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Re: Featuring Women in Green Industry Chapter on UNIDO's www.greenindustryplatform.or

Dear Namita,

Congratulations on being featured ... and especially on your important work.

From your webpage
www.bankabio.com/bio-digester-tank-system.html
it seems your biodigestor is very similar to an ABR (Anaerobic Baffled Reactor) but the pipes are located differently. What is your system called and what are its advantages?

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Re: Featuring Women in Green Industry Chapter on UNIDO's www.greenindustryplatform.or

Hey Chris,

Greetings of the season!

Our system is called "bio-digester", and comprises bacteria that are placed in the multi-chambered bio-tank. These bacteria eat away the human waste, releasing effluent water and biogas. Both are usable.
Yes, in terms of structure, the bio-digester is similar to an ABR - multiple chambers.
The advantage is that there's no sludge formation. No further treatment is required. And, all this is one-time affair, no emptying of tank for cleaning or replenishing of bacteria needed.

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Re: Featuring Women in Green Industry Chapter on UNIDO's www.greenindustryplatform.or

Hi Sanjay,

This is spectacular. Please allow me to ask some questions.

-- Who designed this biodigestor? (I see that you have listed as a technical partner the Defense Research and Development Organization. Did they provide the design? Are they part of the Indian Army?)
-- What are the advantages of having the pipes different from those of an ABR?
-- Where do the microbes come from? Are they diverse natural microbes from the bottom of a lake or other wetland, or were they cultured in a laboratory, or both?
-- What are the dimensions of this biodigestor? How deep it it? Is there a formula for calculating the dimensions according to the number of users?
-- How are the production and use of the biogas?
-- How many have you built?
-- How transparent and odor-free is the effluent? Can you imagine using it to flush toilets again and again, in a never-ending loop that does not discharge into the environment, like we are discussing in the following thread?
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/40-gre...ructed-wetland#11393
-- With soak pits, there would be a risk of groundwater contamination, esp. if people consume well water not very far away. I suggest it would be better to have extensive leach fields (perforated pipes, buried not very deep) among fruit trees and banana plants.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

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-- Who designed this biodigestor? (I see that you have listed as a technical partner the Defense Research and Development Organization. Did they provide the design? Are they part of the Indian Army?)
Yes, the Indian defence R&D arm, DRDO, designed and developed the biodigester. We have in-licensed the technology and improvize/innovate as per user need and surrounding.

-- What are the advantages of having the pipes different from those of an ABR?
Guess, the system's functioning is that way, nothing to compare with ABR. Biodigester follows the displacement method.

-- Where do the microbes come from? Are they diverse natural microbes from the bottom of a lake or other wetland, or were they cultured in a laboratory, or both?
The bacterial culture was developed in a lab, using varying strains. We inoculate the same at our plant for mass production.

-- What are the dimensions of this biodigestor? How deep it it? Is there a formula for calculating the dimensions according to the number of users?
Yes, the volume of the biodigester tank varies on the number of users.

-- How are the production and use of the biogas?
Biogas is produced as a byproduct, usage can be for heating/cooking etc. through piped connection.

-- How many have you built?
Wouldn't know the precise numbers but user-base comprises households, schools-universities, construction companies and factories, plantations, and most notably the Indian trains.

-- How transparent and odor-free is the effluent? Can you imagine using it to flush toilets again and again, in a never-ending loop that does not discharge into the environment, like we are discussing in the following thread?
The effluent is fairly ok, slightly pale to white, and is odor-free and harmless. It is discharged into the environment, seeps into the ground or used for gardening. We can have the option to use the water for flushing again and again. So far, no one has opted for that. There would be an additional cost associated.

-- With soak pits, there would be a risk of groundwater contamination, esp. if people consume well water not very far away. I suggest it would be better to have extensive leach fields (perforated pipes, buried not very deep) among fruit trees and banana plants.
As stated earlier, the effluent water is pathogen-free and harmless and left to the ground. We conduct regular water tests.

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