Decentralized Sanitation | Warangal, India
Since November 2016, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with Tide Technocrats Private Limited and Biomass Controls LLC have been working on product development and commercialization planning of the community scale fecal sludge treatment unit.
Biomass Controls manufactures an efficient biorefinery that cleanly processes high moisture biogenic resources while generating capital in the form of tipping fees, service contracts, thermal energy, electrical energy, water and biochar. The Biomass Controls sanitation innovation is the ability to add toilet resources to our bio-refinery and output products such as thermal energy and biochar. It is designed for communities of 500-10,000 people. The refinery is integrated into a transportable shipping container. It can reduce solids volume by over 90%. The thermal process output is a pathogen free product. The bio-refinery has a small footprint, can be operational in a few days, can run at temperatures from -40°C to 30°C, and processes 30,000 liters or one tonne of material each day.
In over four years of field implementation and operational experience, the Biogenic Refinery accumulated thousands of hours of data which has resulted in process optimization and patented technologies that enable reliable and efficient treatment performance.
Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) is a neglected sanitation topic in emerging markets, and menstrual waste disposal is particularly absent in many shared and public settings. Waste streams are growing with increased urbanization and access to disposable products. Safe and discrete disposal options, such as the S.H.E. unit being developed by Biomass Controls and Duke University Center for WaSH-AID, are empowering for women and girls and support better health and a cleaner environment.
Our Menstrual Hygiene Safe Disposal project is looking at understanding on-site disposal practices in public spaces in India and South Africa, and working to develop a prototype of a stand-alone decentralized waste treatment solution. This project is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through the Duke University Center for WaSH-AID. For this project, we are partnering with Cranfield University (UK), WaterAid / India, SEWA / India, PSG University / India, and EWS in Durban, South Africa.
- Providing menstrual hygiene disposal and treatment in shared and public settings
- Provides dignity, safety and privacy for physical and emotional well-being
- Facilitates mobility and confidence for participation in work and school
- Is important for keeping toilets, sewers and drainage operational