August 2019 Updates Archive
In our August 2019 quarterly newsletter you’ll find:
- A report by SP Investment Holdings that focuses on the Reinvented Toilet (RT) sanitation landscape for South African municipalities.
- A recording of our August webinar with Sarah d’Arbeloff of Firmenich who spoke about Firmenich’s partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Highlights of work related to the Generation 2 Reinvented Toilet for which researchers are supporting Georgia Tech Research Institute’s work to define single user reinvented toilet (SURT) prototypes that the world’s poorest regions can afford. The research teams are reviewing SURT prototype work completed to date and have 42 months to produce a minimum of six reinvented toilet prototypes ready for a commercial manufacturer.
- News from India about the Jal Shakti Abhiyaan – A Water Conservation Campaign and Advances in Legislation related to manual pit emptying.
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Sarah d’Arbeloff of Firmenich speaks with the STeP team about Firmenich’s partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support the new sanitation economy — estimated at $200 billion globally, with $62 billion in India alone by 2021. Sarah share insights and her perspective on:
- the Gates Foundation and their Global Access Strategy, and
- the concern around odor issues associated with toilets.
After more than eight years promoting efforts to bring safe sanitation to the billions worldwide who need it, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet challenge has given way to a new initiative. Coined the Generation 2 Reinvented Toilet, researchers from current STeP partners Cranfield University, Duke University and Swiss engineering company Helbling Technik are collaborating with peers from the University of Kwazulu Natal in South Africa, University of Applied Sciences in Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), and Scion, a New Zealand company. The researchers are supporting Georgia Institute of Technology’s work to demonstrate single user reinvented toilet (SURT) prototypes that the world’s poorest regions can afford. The team will have 42 months to produce a minimum of six reinvented toilet prototypes ready for a commercial manufacturer.
Amanda Rose, STeP’s Market Readiness Lead, shares the research that is the foundation of our Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape – Exploring potential resources to validate and prepare markets for novel sanitation solutions. Resources to validate and prepare markets for new sanitation technologies and business models— prerequisites for achieving sustainable, scaled solutions — tend to be scarce. Consequently, a problematic funding “Pioneer Gap” exists (Koh et al., 2016). Amanda helps participants understand the Pioneer Gap and how to bridge it, and provides additional resources for those seeking funding.