Cranfield University’s Nano Membrane Toilet is to feature during an episode of Inside the Factory on BBC2 tomorrow (Tuesday 24 July) at 8pm.
The popular series, hosted by Gregg Wallace and Cherry Healey, gives viewers exclusive access to some of the largest factories in Britain to reveal the secrets behind production on an epic scale. Each episode explores current production methods, gives insights into historical practices and provides a scientific perception on the subject area.
During this week’s episode, the presenters will explore the production of toilets and toilet roll. Dr Ewan McAdam will feature, discussing the Nano Membrane Toilet’s revolutionary science that treats human waste on-site without external energy or water.
The toilet was initially developed as part of the global ‘Reinvent the Toilet Challenge’ set by the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene programme of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and aims to provide clean, safe and private facilities to areas of the world without plumbing amenities.
About Cranfield University
Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.
Cranfield has over 40 years’ experience in the sector and we are recognised internationally for our work in the science, engineering and management of water. We work in all aspects of water – whether it is helping to ensure safe, clean supplies for domestic consumption, assessing agricultural needs for food production, protecting and enhancing natural habitats or improving process engineering for manufacturing and industry.
We have strategic partnerships with the Department for the Environment, Yorkshire Water, Severn Trent and Anglian Water.
Our activities are underpinned by world-class facilities, including a pilot-plant hall at the University’s own sewage treatment works, state-of-the-art soil and water laboratories, a grey water treatment pilot area, a managed borehole drilling site and soil and irrigation testing facilities.
We are a founding member of Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP); it is estimated that, to date, it has helped provide over one million people with clean drinking water, and some 400,000 with improved sanitation.
In 2015, we were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our education and research into safe water and sanitation for the world's poorest communities.