Toilet at South Korean University Turns Poop Into Energy & Virtual Currency

Contemporary White toilet

Contemporary White toilet. Photo: islandworks / Pixabay.

Cho Jae-weon, a professor of environmental engineering at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea, has designed a device that produces energy from human faeces, and rewards those who use it.

The device is a toilet that sends poop to an underground tank where it’s broken down by microorganisms into methane that “becomes a source of energy for the building, powering a gas stove, hot-water boiler and solid oxide fuel cell,” according to Reuters.

The toilet is called “BeeVi,” which is a portmanteau for “bee” and “vision”; the poop is delivered to the tank by a vacuum pump, which helps reduce the use of water for flushing.

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By Andrei Dergalin
Sputnik International

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