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.
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