|Title||Towards an off-grid fecal sludge treatment unit: demonstrating energy positive thermal treatment|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Authors||Taylor Myers, Lars Schoebitz, Stuart Woolley, Jaime Sanchez Ferragut, Jimmy Thostenson, Kathy Jooss, Jeffrey Piascik, August Frechette, Nico Hotz, Brian Stoner, and Jeff Hallowell|
|Journal||Gates Open Research|
Background: There is an unmet demand for community-scale fecal sludge treatment units (FSTUs) that serve communities of between 1,000 and 50,000 people and are able to operate in non-sewered and off-grid environments. An emerging industry standard for FSTUs includes as a key criteria energy independence in steady-state. Theoretically, there is sufficient thermal energy available in fecal sludge to provide the electrical power needed to run the FSTU. However, such a system had never been implemented.