Community Scale Fecal Sludge and Septage Processor
Globally only 5% of fecal sludge is properly treated. Nearly 500 million people in India, using non sewered systems, do not have access to any treatment of fecal sludge. The fecal waste is discharged with high moisture levels of upto 95%.
Pyrolyzing fecal waste with a limited oxygen supply destroys all pathogens present in human waste, and provides fast volume and mass reduction, a net energy output (heat and electricity), and a usable end product – biochar, which provides excellent soil enrichment when used with compost.
The community scale fecal sludge and septage processor aims to sanitize fecal waste, dewatering and pyrolyzing the sludge for meeting the energy requirement of the process for a capacity of 15,000 lpd, in urban Indian environments, as a solution for septage management for non-sewered small cities and towns in India.
In November 2016, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with Tide Technocrats Private Limited and Biomass Controls LLC are working on product development and commercialization planning of the community scale fecal sludge septage treatment unit.
As part of this project, research, development and testing units will be installed in Bangalore and Connecticut as well as field testing units in three towns of India will be established. These units will be extensively field tested with fecal sludge and septage on a daily basis, to assess reliability, functionality and establish O&M protocols. The modularized design allows for the unit to be suitable for low space operations, rapid deployment and incremental growth management.
The containerized units are operational at Narsapur in Andhra Pradesh and Warangal in Telangana and will be operational soon in Wai, Maharashtra
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Community Scale Fecal Sludge and Septage Processor - Stages