Inside Kenyan Firm Turning Human Waste Into Fuel for Consumption

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  • An innovative company on the shores of Lake Naivasha in Nakuru County has been highlighted for its leading role in energy conservation, poor sanitation and deforestation. 

    A feature by the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) on Thursday, November 19, detailed that the firm, Sanivation, is converting human waste into fuel for consumption

    The innovators turn faecal matter into clean sustainable charcoal and firewood through a detailed biological process. 

    UNEP stated that the firm uses a solar-powered process to turn waste into energy, a model that’s good for both business and the environment.

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    Human waste being converted into fuel in Nakuru, Kenya
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    They collect human waste from toilets and then heat it with big solar dishes outside. 

    Solar energy not only kills bacteria and pathogens but converts them into materials that can be dried and be pressed into chunks. 

    The next process involves mixing the chunks with wastes from either sawdust or farms. They are then pressed into balls of charcoal and firewood. 

    "Most people around the world don't think about poop after they flush their toilets. They don't realise that places like Kenya have 95% of untreated human waste dumped into the environment. 

    "Sanivation converts faeces into fuel and saves on revenue costs," a director at the firm stated. 

    The new fuel burns twice as long and reduces emissions by a third. The director added that it does not look nor smell like human waste.

    This is a perfect substitute for natural firewood and curbs deforestation. 

    Kenya is one of the leading countries in clean energy in the world, through geothermal productions such as hydropower, wind, solar and thermal power

    Editor's note: November 19 is World Toilet Day and the theme for 2020 is sustainable sanitation and climate change.

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    Fuel converted from human waste by a firm in Nakuru, Kenya
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