Helping to turn URINE into electricity.

Urine

The pee-power phenomenon aims to create lighting in refugee camps in third world countries, in a bid to help stop women being assaulted.

Working alongside scientists and Oxfam, Dunster House, based in Faversham, is doing its bit to help those living in humanitarian crisis.

 Urine

The garden company is donating their wooden structures to surround the latrine.

Inside, the urinal collects pee and uses naturally occurring bacteria, for which urine is their feedstock to generate electricity from the waste.

Dunster House director Chris Murphy says: “As a company that is constantly moving forward and searching for new solutions we are really excited that we can take part in this project.

“Our mission is to help resolve as many humanitarian issues as possible and we truly believe that our products can make a difference, especially in developing countries.”

The new technology could have a huge impact in refugee camps where thousands of people are living without access to adequate sanitation facilities and electricity.

Head of water and sanitation at Oxfam Andy Bastable said: “Oxfam is an expert at providing sanitation in disaster zones, and 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.

 “Dunster House has already become an Oxfam supplier and launched its emergency latrines to countries affected by conflict such as South Sudan and Central African Republic.”

Dunster House is based on the Thanet Way just before Brenley Corner roundabout.

November 20, 2015

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