17-Year-Old Kenyan Creates Energy Zero Waste Energy's SMARTFERM: 2 days ago   03:44

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Power Hackers, a series made in collaboration with Autodesk, profiles unexpected makers and designers who are developing creative climate solutions.

This video follows high schooler Leroy Mwasaru and his classmates in their quest to develop a sustainable source of energy. Their solution is a human-waste-fueled bioreactor that will clean up their town’s water supply while powering outlets and stovetops.

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Thanks to our partners at Autodesk, who supports the impact design community through http://impactdesignhub.org.

Special thanks to Elli Suzuki at Global Minimum for connecting us to Leroy. Find out how you can support innovators like Leroy at http://gmin.org.

Filmed by Alicia Sully and Sebastian Lindstrom.
Music by Greg Thomas.
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Comments 81 Comments

Gregory Steele
Very cool! I hope the project has progressed well since posting. How do you get the gas to turn into energy though?! lol
Paulo Cuento
great content
Silverchrome
Why didn't the American govt think of this?
It's not gonna happen
There are plants doing this already and selling the electricity back to you, rather making you pay for it
#JoinMinds.com!
Let's hope the government doesn't get to him
Eric Toombs
They did it for shits and grins!
Only Me
Now clean the dinner tables you animals
unguidedone
this is not new...all poop from any animal is hugely energy rich
Sami Ahmed
Kenyans are smart.
Bruce V
the campus is so pretty
Kalydosos
Kenya forever!
J o n a t h a n
all that poop going to waist.
PiccoloMichela
I am sorry, maybe for language reasons, I didn't get what is the white stuff that is mixed with the waste.
Inventions & Ecology
Thank you for doing this exceptional iniciative! Let's start working together to create an International Waste Recycling and Decomposition Committee - I think it's right time to unite ourselves! Please, see my short video-appeal to a whole human society / https://ufl.ae/videow/4PQFkj_zf6G / https://ufl.ae/videow/NAGeJ8ut1ks / Let's start to talk widely about the problem of omnipresent TRASH (waste, garbage, dump...)! Let's involve much people to cause some real changes / Get up, Humans! Share your idea on a forum: www.AGHARTY.COM (I already published your video there also) / I trully believe that we are not just a colleagues in this subject; actually, WE ARE ONE! / Please, let's stay in touch! // Sincerely, I wish you, Strength, Luck, Stability and unbreakable Will that should lead us to victory in our common good deed! Good Luck in 2018!
Inkl1ng
We should also filter and then reuse the sewage water so we don't have keep to add more and turn earth brown.
Dave Exline
ONE WOULD THINK IT WOULD NOT BE THAT DIFFICULT TO TURN A SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT INTO A NATURAL GAS DISTRIBUTOR .... SOME THING LIKE THIS WOULD BE A GREAT THING TO DO WITH THE TIME AND ENERGY BEING WASTED ON ARGUING OVER CLIMATE...
wealthy black man
The water companies in America installed turbines inside large pipes years ago that generates power for the electric companies!
Kilian Bartsch
As great as this is (don’t get me wrong, we can definitely do a lot of good with this, just a little down side the video doesn’t mention), our digestion system is much more efficient than that of cows and we need much more human waste to produce the same amount of biogas. Plus you have to watch out when moving the waste as there are quite a few human pathogens that could make the people moving the excréments or mixing them very sick.
Please don’t see this as a discouragement for this type of project, it’s just that all isn’t as rosy as it seems and that caution and the appropriate research should be present also!
Golden
very nice but do u guys have to do this with your nice school clothes
DHISFAA_Uganda DHISFAA_Uganda
Super!!
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Zero Waste Energy's SMARTFERM: 17-Year-Old Kenyan Creates Energy 2 days ago   02:58

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SMARTFERM is a state-of-the-art dry anaerobic digestion system for organic waste processing. The technology’s 21 day batch cycle diverts over 99% of organic waste, reduces greenhouse gases, reduces reliance on landfills and produces a clean, green energy and compost in a closed-loop cycle. SMARTFERM facilities can be designed to develop any amount of organic waste, from 5,000TPY and up and can include biogas-processing technology for combined heat and power (CHP) generation for both onsite use and export as well as compressed natural gas (CNG) for use to fuel waste transport vehicles.

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