Kategoriarkiv: Urintorkning

The Future in Sanitation is off the grid!

How much water do each of us use every day? Can future sanitation systems and off-the-grid houses be designed so as to minimize energy and water consumption? Where does wastewater management fit into the waste hierarchy/pyramid? In his presentation, Björn Vinnerås, Associate Professor at SLU shares with us his vision of future housing: a future where there is ‘no need for network connections, neither electricity nor water, and nor wastewater’.

Click here to access the presentation.Post published by Prithvi Simha

Licentiate Seminar: Jenna Senecal

Jenna Senecal, Doctoral Candidate at the Environmental Engineering Unit, Department of Energy and Technology will defend her licentiate thesis entitled, Urea stabilisation and dehydration for urine-diverting toilets: System and hygiene evaluation.

When?: 24 October 2017 at 09:00
Where?: Lecture Room S, Ulls hus, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala

For further information, get in touch with Jenna Senecal at the Department of Energy and Technology, P.O. Box 7032, SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden. E-mail: jenna.senecal@slu.se

Abstract: Over four billion people are discharging untreated human excreta into the environment without any prior treatment, causing eutrophication and spreading disease. This eutrophication is caused by nutrients found predominantly in urine. If managed adequately, urine can be used as a fertiliser because it contains the same plant nutrients as the fertilisers used to produce the food that people eat. Currently to replace the nutrients removed from fields during harvesting, more fertilisers are being manufactured and applied and ultimately more are being leached into the environment.

The use of human urine as a fertiliser is limited by its low nutrient concentration compared with commercial fertilisers. This study sought to increase the nitrogen (N) concentration (from 0.6 % to >6 %) through dehydration to produce a dry fertiliser of monetary value and where no liquid disposal from the toilet is required. The objective of this thesis was to evaluate a treatment that could stabilise urea and concentrate the urine while retaining >80 % of the NKP. Fresh human urine was added at various intervals to wood ash or biochar to first alkalise and thus inhibit the enzyme urease which catalyses the hydrolysis of urea. The urine was then dehydrated at temperatures of between 35 and 65 °C. A hygiene assessment was undertaken to observe the inactivation of five microorganisms (three indicators: Enterococcus faecalis, MS2 bacteriophage and ΦX 174 bacteriophage; and two pathogens: Ascaris suum and Salmonella enterica sub enterica Typhimurium) at the end of the alkaline dehydration process.

Urine mass was reduced by 95 % during dehydration, while preserving up to 90 % of the N and all the P and K. Ascaris inactivation data was fitted to a non-linear regression model, which estimated that 325 days of storage would be required for a 3 log10 reduction at 20 °C and 9.2 days of storage at 42 °C. The bacteria and bacteriophages were below the detection limit within four days at 20 °C. Just collecting urine separately from faeces provides a 5.2 log10 reduction. The material is concentrated during dehydration which results in a 3.5 log10 reduction overall just from urine-diversion.

This alkaline dehydration system installed in new or already existing toilets would greatly simplify the logistics and costs of storing, transporting and applying urine as a fertiliser. The truly innovative feature is the final product, a dry powder with 7.8 % N, 2.5 % P and 10.9 % K on dry weight, i.e. equivalent to commercial fertilisers. After just four days of storage, the dehydrated medium would meet WHO and USEPA guidelines for unrestricted fertiliser use.

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Torrt gödselmedel från urin

Att säga ”vi är vad vi äter” är bara en del av sanningen. Vad vi utsöndrar vad vi äter är den andra delen av sanningen när det gäller växtnäringsämnen. Mänsklig avföring innehåller samma kväve, fosfor och kalium (N-P-K) som vi finner i gödningsmedel som används för att producera den mat som vi sedan äter (Winker et al., 2009). Mänsklig avföring ses oftast som ett oönskat avfall världen över, vilket skapar humanitära och miljömässiga problem (Baum et al., 2013). För att ersätta näringsämnena som tagits bort med skörden från fälten tillverkas gödningsmedel i industriella processer som bidrar till miljöförändringar på global nivå (Rockström et al., 2009). Återvinning av mänsklig avföring tillbaka till lantbruket skulle minska det nuvarande beroendet av gödselmedel från fossila källor (Ramírez & Worrell, 2006).

Återföringen skulle dessutom förbättra avkastningen i t.ex. Afrika söder om Sahara, där gödselanvändningen är låg (FAO, 2015) och skydda marina ekosystem i Östersjön genom att begränsa flödet av överskott av näringsämnen till ytvatten (Rockström et al., 2009).

Begränsningen av mänsklig urin som gödningsmedel är Fortsätt läsa Torrt gödselmedel från urin