An article in Business2Business explaining all about our humanitarian work in addition to why we do it.
Building manufacturer joins research project to put the ‘P’ into power generation
A manufacturer of timber garden buildings is playing its part in a research project into generating electricity from urine.
The project, being led by the University of the West of England and international charity Oxfam, has attracted the support of Bedford company Dunster House. Which has donated an adapted emergency urinal to the ‘Pee-power’ project.
The prototype urinal collects urine and uses naturally occurring bacteria. For which urine is their feedstock to generate electricity from waste. So, Oxfam says the technology could have a huge impact in refugee camps where thousands of people live without access to adequate sanitation facilities and electric.
Dunster House‘s toilet has been chosen for the project as the scientists wanted to make the trial as realistic as possible. Dunster House has already become an Oxfam supplier and has dispatched its emergency latrines to countries affected by conflict. Such as South Sudan and Central African Republic. Thus, the urinal on the university campus resembles those used in refugee camps.
Dunster House Director Chris Murphy said
“We are really excited that we can take part in this project. Our mission is to help resolve as many humanitarian issues as possible. Also, we truly believe that our products can make a difference. Especially in developing countries.”
Also, Oxfam’s head of water and sanitation Andy Bastable said
“It is always a challenge to light inaccessible areas far from a power supply. This new technology is a huge step forward. Living in a refugee camp is hard enough without the added threat of being assaulted in dark places at night.”
It has huge potential, he also added.
Additionally, Professor Ioannis Ieropulos, Director of the Bristol BioEnergy Centre at UWE, said
“This technology is about as green as it gets. We do not need to utilise fossil fuels. And we are effectively using a waste product that will be in plentiful supply.