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FEET (From Excreta to Energy, Transformation) / Hydrothermal carbonization as a sustainable solution for faecal waste treatment in less developed communities

Project description

New technology to deal with faecal waste

Poor sanitation is linked to disease transmission. According to the World Health Organisation, one billion people use toilets or latrines where excreta were disposed of in situ. Moreover, of the two billion people who do not have toilets or latrines, 673 000 defecate in the open (behind bushes or into open bodies of water). The EU-funded FEET project has found a sustainable solution. Specifically, hydrothermal carbonisation (HTC) technology can convert wet organic feedstock into valuable carbonaceous products under pressurised conditions in a relatively mild temperature range. FEET is now working to address the technical and financial factors that currently hinder the implementation of this technology. For instance, it is developing HTC reactors with common pipe-fitting materials.


Net EU contribution
€ 191 149,44
Gertrudstrasse 15
8401 Winterthur

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Zürich Zürich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00