UNESCO/IHE - Sanitizing faeces by microwaves

UNESCO/IHE - Sanitizing faeces by microwaves

Solutions for effective and sustainable faecal sludge management (FSM) present a significant global need. Tremendous amounts of faecal sludge are produced on a daily basis globally from onsite sanitation; 2.7 billion people worldwide are served by onsite sanitation technologies, and that number is expected to grow to 5 billion by 2030. FSM presents a global challenge.

A new technological concept for excreta (faeces and urine) sterilization and dehydration has been developed by UNESCO-IHE in cooperation
with Fricke und Mallah Microwave Technology GmbH and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The technology makes use of microwave generators that make up part of a specially designed reactor that can convert pathogenic human waste into clean water and inert dry material. The concept has been successfully tested in the Netherlands and Kenya and a demonstration unit is currently under construction.

Locations: Netherlands, Kenya
Contact: Damir Brdjanovic (d.brdjanovic@unesco-ihe.org)

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