The Big Arse Toilet

Architecture firm Spark have launched their new Big Arse Toilet, to coincide with World Toilet day, that are able to generate electricity from human waste to provide power to remote Indian villages and also help with the rising issue of sanitation within the region.

The architecture firm created the toilet in order to help the severe hygiene and sanitation issues that remote Indian villages are currently facing. The UN is currently trying to tackle the issue, and schemes such as these will go a long way in improving the situation for many people, not just in India, but around the globe as the architecture firm explains,

“The toilets were designed for India but could be used elsewhere in the world,” they added. “We are in the process of applying for funding to further develop and engineer our own models and prototypes.”

Using sustainable and readily available materials within the region, such as bamboo, the 3-D printed toilets would not only be easy to make and transport, but they allow for adjustment and adaptation,  specific to the location in which they will be placed. Primarily, this means more places around the world will be able to facilitate the installation of the loo.

“The intention is to print the toilet shell from bamboo fibres readily available in India added to a bio-polymer resin,” explained the firm. “This is more sustainable and lightweight strategy than using more commonly used 3D printing materials such as plastics and cement.”

The Big Arse Toilet

The Big Arse Toilet

“There is a worldwide shortage of safe, hygienic sanitation especially in countries such as India and Africa where open defecation is a major contributing cause of disease,” Spark told Dezeen. “The UN and Indian government initiatives are trying to tackle the problem.”

Issues of open defaction are not just limited to sanitation either. Giving remote villages across poorer parts of the world a private place to go to the toilet means securing the safety for thousands of (not exclusively, but mostly) women who find themselves vulnerable to assault or even rape with no place to safely use the toilet.

Not only will the 3-D printed toilets allow for safe and sanitary trips to the toilet for thousands more people around the world, but they also create essential extra electricity for remote villages; energy that because of it’s sustainable (and reliable!) source, can be relied upon by the village for many years.

“The Big Arse toilet reinterprets the use and organisation of traditional bio-gas domes to create electricity and gas for those communities that have no access to power networks and utility infrastructure that we take for granted,” continued Spark.

The Big Arse Toilet

The Big Arse Toilet

So how does the Big Arse Toilet work?

The above ground toilet facility will be connected to a 3D printed reinterpretation of a traditional biogas dome that is buried below ground. The dome uses human, animal and vegetable waste to generate and store gas and can be store and the dome has been designed to hold 10 years of waste.

“Bio-gas is a product of the breakdown of organic matter, in the case of the Big Arse Toilet the biogas is a product of human waste, food waste and agricultural waste. The biogas can be used directly for activities such as cooking or can be used to drive a micro CHP turbine that converts the gas into electricity.”

The Big Arse Toilet

The biogas produced in the dome would fuel a micro combined heat and power (CHP) unit to create electricity.

“Bio-gas is a product of the breakdown of organic matter, in the case of the Big Arse Toilet the biogas is a product of human waste, food waste and agricultural waste. The biogas can be used directly for activities such as cooking or can be used to drive a micro CHP turbine that converts the gas into electricity.”

The Big Arse Toilet

2018-12-05T17:39:43+00:00