NEWgenerator™ Off-grid Sanitation Device

An off-grid sewage treatment system, developed by University of South Florida engineers, that turns wastewater into clean water, energy and nutrients

What is the NEWgenerator™?

The NEWgeneratorTM is a portable, off-grid sanitation system developed by the University of South Florida, and now manufactured under licence by WEC Projects, that aims to help rural and smaller communities in Africa with clean sanitation.

Additionally, it operates as a resource recovery unit, eliminating waste while recovering renewable energy as biogas, fertiliser nutrients, and clean water. Recycled water from the plant is treated for reuse as flush water for the sewage treatment unit.

The Future of Sanitation in Africa

NEWgenerator Overview

It is reliable as it operates regardless of temperature, bioactivity, loading and shutdown supplies. It supplies minerals and nutrients that are removed from the wastewater with membrane filtration, safely and hygienically removing bacteria and viruses, and is ideal for crop fertilisation. Under specific conditions biogas from waste product digestion is collected for power use (e.g. cooking, heating).

The system is housed in a mini container within a small footprint with high service density and can recycle 1100 litres per day of flush water.

NEWgenerator™ Benefits

  • Compact, portable and modular

    It is a compact, portable and modular sewage treatment solution incorporating an anaerobic digester to treat the sewage using microorganisms to break down the waste.

  • Water Treatment Without Grid Power

    It can be connected to the conventional power grid, to a power generator or use solar power panels to operate, making it ideal for use in areas where power infrastructure is either unreliable or non-existent.

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  • Able to serve a large community

    The system can be connected to a central ablution block and a single NEWgenerator™ system can typically service 100 to 1,000 users.

  • Fertiliser and biogas from waste by-products

    The nutrient-rich treated waste is an ideal crop fertiliser for use by local small-scale and informal farmers creating a potential food source that also can be sold. Additionally, biogas can be produced and utilised for domestic purposes such as cooking, heating, etc.

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