Waste Barrel Trade

So you’ve got a situation where you’ve got little or no running water. You’ve got a no-toilet sort of place, and that place is also in a community that’s either poor or completely broke. What do you do? You look for a way to get rid that waste, but not only that, a way to turn that waste into energy. What Noa Lerner’s got here is a way to do that, by rolling a barrel full of poop down the road, trading it in for boombox time! It’s the X-Runner!

First, watch the video in this post to see what I mean by boombox time. It’s super awesome, made with stop-motion, showing the simple process the person whose pooped needs to go through in order to trade their toilet waste into energy. Very simple, very well made, very easy to understand.

A bit more in detail: Each of these toilet barrels is sealed and nano-coated in a way that allows them to be used for a week at a time without emptying or cleaning. Once it’s time to empty, the barrel is brought by an individual or a multi-barrel servce to the local Biogas Plant. Once there, waste is traded for energy in the form of cooking gas, warm water for showers, or electricity. All of these forms of energy are generated by processing the human waste at the Biogas Plant.

You know what this reminds me of? The science fiction post-apocalyptic movie “Mad Max : Beyond Thunderdome”, a movie which features a town run on methane, a gas that comes from pig waste. It’s made to seem absurd but totally possible in that movie. Welcome to the future of energy!

This project is being specifically developed for the Indian Subcontinent, where basic amenities like a toilet in a house are missing…even in urban, developed areas.

Designer: Noa Lerner

Noa at Ted Talks

25 Comments

  • Vikilife says:

    It is so crazy…

  • Vikilife says:

    It is so crazy…

  • Tsvi Bisk says:

    brilliant! KISS brilliant!

  • Tsvi Bisk says:

    brilliant! KISS brilliant!

  • basin_bomber says:

    horrible idea. looks like the girl in the video has been huffin the collected fecal particles.

  • basin_bomber says:

    horrible idea. looks like the girl in the video has been huffin the collected fecal particles.

  • bad says:

    oh my god..

  • bad says:

    oh my god..

  • mif991 says:

    Saw the video. Dignity is not having to push one of these things around, hoping that a spill won't happen. But I give her credit for tackling an important sanitation issue. As far as turnig crap into energy….good luck, nobody will want to live near a "biogas" factory.

  • mif991 says:

    Saw the video. Dignity is not having to push one of these things around, hoping that a spill won't happen. But I give her credit for tackling an important sanitation issue. As far as turnig crap into energy….good luck, nobody will want to live near a “biogas” factory.

  • Travis A says:

    The "energy" extracted from that poop is methane gas, also commonly known to anyone in the oil & gas field as the most abundant gas under the earth. Methane is almost always the most commonly collected and abundant natural gas during almost any drilling procedure. There is more methane under our feet than we could ever extract/use in at least my lifetime. Allow mineral extraction and help move our world forward to a better quality of life; stop holding us back with these childish notions of utopia. Seriously who the hell wants to mess with their own doodoo anyway?

  • Travis A says:

    The “energy” extracted from that poop is methane gas, also commonly known to anyone in the oil & gas field as the most abundant gas under the earth. Methane is almost always the most commonly collected and abundant natural gas during almost any drilling procedure. There is more methane under our feet than we could ever extract/use in at least my lifetime. Allow mineral extraction and help move our world forward to a better quality of life; stop holding us back with these childish notions of utopia. Seriously who the hell wants to mess with their own doodoo anyway?

  • x-runner says:

    thanks people, love your comment..

  • x-runner says:

    thanks people, love your comment..

  • x-runner says:

    thanks for the comment
    what make a good idea good.. is the discussion

  • x-runner says:

    thanks for the comment
    what make a good idea good.. is the discussion

  • It looks like a good idea…but…I wouldn't want to be the one who has to take that sloshing cylinder of poop to the power plant…:|

  • It looks like a good idea…but…I wouldn't want to be the one who has to take that sloshing cylinder of poop to the power plant…:|

  • Akki says:

    Great idea. But can we make this type of toilet on our own. I mean you have told something about nano coating. So is it possible foreveryone to use these kind of toilets?

  • Akki says:

    Great idea. But can we make this type of toilet on our own. I mean you have told something about nano coating. So is it possible foreveryone to use these kind of toilets?

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