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Loowatt: A value generating waterless toilet system

Elevator Pitch

UK-based Loowatt Ltd. has developed a proprietary waterless and energy-generating toilet system that is clean and odourless. Loowatt’s patented technology offers pioneering applications to global markets wherever
there is a need for high-quality, environmentally-friendly
toilet solutions.

Product

Our toilet uses a patented sealing mechanism to wrap human waste
in biodegradable polymer film. The film, which lines the toilet bowl,
is pulled through the patented sealer when the toilet is “flushed,”
enclosing the waste in a removable cartridge. The cartridge is then
emptied into an anaerobic digester, where the waste and polymer
film are converted into natural gas and fertiliser.
2.5 billion people in the world are now without sanitation, and
over 4,000 people—mostly children—die every day from resulting
diseases. In impoverished urban areas where waste treatment
infrastructures don’t exist and clean water is scarce, Loowatt can
provide a vital sanitation solution that transforms economies and
saves lives.
And in developed nations—in the events, festival and construction
sectors—Loowatt offers an enhanced, environmentally sound and
user friendly toilet and treatment solution to replace the standard
portable toilets, which are notorious both in terms of smell and their
use of hazardous chemicals.



Why we are ecofriendly

Water Savings: A toilet flush uses 5 to 15 litres of water. A day’s use of one Loowatt toilet in Madagascar saves an estimated 400L of water that would be wasted in a public flush toilet.

Improved Health and Sanitation: Treating human waste with AD avoids contamination of nearby water streams and propagating diseases. Loowatt toilets, provide safe sanitation, whilst generating value from waste.

Positive Environmental Impact: Based on estimations from other AD projects in Africa, each digester would offset 5 tonnes of CO2 per year by creating renewable energy; for every 1 tonne of fertiliser produced by Loowatt, 4 tonnes of CO2 are offset compared with using artificial fertiliser (Berners-Lee, 2010).

CO2 avoidance–Energy: An estimated 95% of households in Madagascar depend on woody biomass for their household energy —resulting deforestation erodes the soil and damages Madagascar's rich biodiversity. Based on recent studies of small-scale biodigesters in East Africa, a single Loowatt Energy Unit digester would offset 5 tonnes of CO2 per year. Reaching 10% of the un-served toilet market in Madagascar would thus offset over 180 thousand tons of CO2 per year.

Increased productivity and connectivity: By producing energy, we can link our toilets to the growing array of energy-driven technologies that transform developing markets, such as mobile communication: powering communication hubs, charging devices, and enabling increased connectivity among people.

Food security: Much of the world’s food production relies on inorganic fertiliser, typically produced with vast amounts of non-renewable energy. The developing world is no exception, importing inorganic fertilisers and placing its food supply at the mercy of volatile global markets linked to oil prices. Human waste is a natural source of many of the required nutrients for growing food. As such, Loowatt’s fertilisers are organic and locally produced, contributing to improved food security for the World’s poorest.



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Version History

2014-09-30 18:29:16 - changed ecopitch to 'Water Savings: A toilet flush uses 5 to 15 litres of water. A day’s use of one Loowatt toilet in Madagascar saves...'

2014-09-30 18:27:32 - changed awards to 'Grand Challenges Explorations Grants- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2011 and 2013) Technology Strategy Board SMART...'

2014-09-30 18:19:37 - changed productpitch to 'Our toilet uses a patented sealing mechanism to wrap human waste in biodegradable polymer film. The film, which lines...'

2014-09-30 18:19:11 - changed pitch to 'UK-based Loowatt Ltd. has developed a proprietary waterless and energy-generating toilet system that is clean and...'

2014-09-30 18:09:18 - changed pitch to 'Loowatt is a waterless toilet system that generates value. Our toilet uses a clean and odourless technology capturing...'



Team

Fernanda Costa - Industrial Design and Communications


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Fernanda Costa

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Country of Origin

UK

Founded

2009






Awards

Grand Challenges Explorations Grants- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2011 and 2013)
Technology Strategy Board SMART Grants (2013 and 2014)
Rushlight Organic Resource award, Rushlight Resource Innovation Award (2013)
Climate Change Week award-Best Product (2013)


Tags

waterless, sanitation, renewable energy, anaerobic digestion, fertiliser