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Health for Waste

Use sewage to generate power. Any household that contributes to the plant will receive subsidized health goods and preventative care. This will be financed by selling the energy that is produced.

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Recent research has shown that human waste contains a high level of energy that is usually just flushed away. In Washington state and other areas, power plants are being built that use sewage as the input for fuel cells.

Other scientists have working on similar projects – using bacteria to break down waste and release methane, which can be used in fuel cells.

There is also a patent for a process of converting sewage into batter power: through a similar process of using bacteria.

This concept could be implemented in two ways:

  1. A collective sewage plant that coverts waste to fuel cells (downside: high initial cost of plumbing households). 
  2. Individual family apparatuses that can be given, with associate costs paid for by selling the batteries.

Either way, profits from selling power or batteries would be used to subsidize health products, such as nutrient packs, condoms, formula, vaccines and other forms of preventative care.

How do you envision this idea making money?

Power and/or batteries generated from waste would be sold on the market.

How does this idea create social impact, particularly around improving health?

It improves sanitation by providing a proper way to dispose of their waste. The profits from selling power would be used to subsidize health care for targeted areas.

How does this idea add social value at every step of the process?

1. Improved sanitation 2. Jobs in the power industry 3. More reliable energy sources (hopefully!) 4. Subsidized preventative care

What are the short term steps we could take to implement this idea tomorrow?

Explore where to buy the technology and what the associate start up costs would be. Also look into the current waste disposal system in Caldas.


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