Nanotechnology literally goes down the toilet! And that’s a good thing for tiny houses!
Most people think of high tech digital electronic applications when they hear about nanotechnology-and most certainly never think about how it can be applied to the busiest room in the house-the bathroom. More specifically, to the most used appliance in the house-the toilet!
Okay, some might argue that the television is used more, but some people use both at the same time! Before we stray too far from the story let’s get back to how nanotechnology is used for a toilet that uses no water. In fact, the nano toilet produces clean water and energy!
With the help from a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge researchers at Cranefield University have developed the toilet that uses the human waste to produce clean water and enough energy to operate the toilet, to burn the waste and still have enough power left to charge a cellphone! The initial application for the toilets is aimed at providing better sanitation for areas around the world that have poor or no sanitation. But like many innovations (eg GPS-originally used to guide military missiles), commercial applications abound-from use at camps or on boats. And while some may install a Nanotech toilet in their house, the tiny house seems the more likely candidate.
Today, many tiny house dwellers who chose to live off the grid as much as possible resort to composting as a way of handling human waste. Bill Rockhill of Bear Creek Tiny Houses has been building tiny houses for more than 20 years and has installed plenty of toilets in tiny houses-many of which are composting toilets. “Composting is a lot of hard work. Many people start enthusiastically in their efforts, but in the long run, they often consider other options. That’s why when I install a composting toilet in a tiny house I often install a flange to accommodate a change in operation.” Installing a nanotechnology toilet offers another option to composting and adds to the sustainability concept that many in the tiny house world embrace.
“Tiny houses are the perfect application for many of the latest environment and space saving technologies-from solar panels to toilets”. Bill Rockhill will be at Jay-K Lumber at 8448 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from 1p-6p. Also on display will be tiny house with many of the latest space saving and environmental friendly products including solar panels-sorry, no Nanotech Toilet-it’s not commercially available yet.