Cranfield University’s Nano Membrane Toilet has been announced as a finalist for the fourth Cleantech Innovate showcase by ecoConnect CIC, the UK’s green industry business network.

The Nano Membrane Toilet – a toilet which aims to treat human waste in the home without external energy or water – will join 35 other low carbon technology companies pitching to an audience of investors, buyers, industry specialists and support agencies on Thursday, 11th February 2016 at the Royal Institution in London. Jake Larsson, a PhD student in Cranfield University’s Centre for Competitive Creative Design, will lead the pitch.

Cleantech Innovate is organised by ecoConnect CIC, the UK’s green industry business network, which connects individuals and companies working in the low carbon sector by providing essential links to investment, business support and industry expertise.

The Nano Membrane Toilet is currently being developed by researchers at Cranfield University. The toilet aims to treat human waste in the home without external energy or water. It has an innovative flush which does not require water but still blocks odour. It uses membrane technology produce clean water, and solid waste is gasified to convert it to ash and energy to power the membrane process.

Professor Elise Cartmell, Director of Environmental Technology at Cranfield University, said: “We are delighted to see this innovative solution gaining national recognition through Cleantech Innovate. The Nano Membrane Toilet has the potential to change millions of lives by providing access to safe and affordable sanitation.

Robert Hokin, Co-Founder of ecoConnect CIC, said: “Cleantech is a dynamic and growing sector, worth over £120 billion to the UK alone and an area of the economy expected to maintain positive growth rates for the future. It is also a key employment area. We are proud to enable the sector’s best innovators to present directly to an audience of investors, buyers, industry specialists and support agencies."

Nano membrane toilet cross section
Cross section of the nano membrane toilet

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Cleantech Innovate London takes place on Thursday, 11th February 2016 from 8.45 am until 8 pm (including an evening reception) at The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS. Registration for delegates is now open via http://www.cleantechinnovate.com

Established in 2013, the Cleantech Innovate programme of low carbon showcases celebrates the very best of green industry innovation from the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and (from 2016) Switzerland, with showcases in London (11th February 2016) and Glasgow (9th June 2016). Cleantech Innovate gives companies the opportunity to present their innovations live, and delegates the chance to spot the low carbon stars of the future while networking with an outstanding audience of investors, buyers and industry specialists. All finalists will be selected via a highly competitive application process and then selection committees for both London and Scotland.

ecoConnect CIC is the UK’s green industry business network, connecting companies (from SMEs to corporates), communities and individuals working in the low carbon sector by providing essential links to investment, business support, industry expertise and thought-leadership. Glasgow- based but with a UK wide reach, ecoConnect runs expert-led networking forums, low-carbon specific investment programmes (live pitches and online) and workshops and supports the development of green technology innovation through its annual showcase, Cleantech Innovate. A not-for-profit, politically independent agency, ecoConnect is working to accelerate the UK’s transition to a Green Economy.

About Cranfield University

Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.