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SME-Instrument phase 2 Ė A French SME is looking for partners in microbiology and urban agriculture for the development of an innovative dry-vermicomposting toilet

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ABSTRACT

A French SME, which is pioneer in the field of public toilets with vermicomposting method, is preparing a SME Instrument phase 2 proposal. The project is aiming at developing dry toilets integrated into storey buildings with the possibility to transform waste into agricultural resources.
To achieve this project, partners in the field of microbiology and urban agriculture with skills in agronomy are sought for a Research & Development cooperation agreement.


FULL DESCRIPTION

The French company is pioneer in the field of public toilets with vermicomposting method. This method is characterized by a technology without water and chemical, and another technology consisting in transformation of feces and toilet paper into stabilized organic matter (humus) ready to be used wherever needed.

The company is working on an innovative and disruptive project, with the aim to develop dry toilets without nuisance (odors), well integrated into storey buildings, no matter the number of levels. Moreover, the SMEís goal is to develop dry toilet with a technology consisting in transforming waste (faecal matter, urine) into resources for urban agriculture and gardening, avoiding the use of chemical fertilizers.

The company plans to submit a proposal related to the development of innovative dry-vermicomposting toilets in the frame of SME Instrument Phase 2.
The goal of the phase 2 is to find the technical and design solutions and to make a full-scale prototype.

To complete the skills and technologies required by the project development, the SME needs different partners as:
- A company with skills in mechanical engineering to work on the transfer of faecal matter to basement building (identified)
- A cooperative housing habitats to test the project (to be identified in a second time)
- A private laboratory or a company with skills in microbiology to work on the valorization of faecal matter;
- A company in the field of urban agriculture with skills in agronomy to work on health issues, conservation and nutritional quality related to the valorization of faecal matter
The two last partners are currently unidentified, but necessary for the development of the project.

To reach the project, the SME is looking for skills in microbiology and in urban agriculture in the frame of a Research & Development cooperation agreement.

Call Deadline : 3 April 2019
EOI Deadline: 20 March 2019
Project duration: 24 months.


Partner expertise sought:

- Type of partner sought: The first ideal partner is a private laboratory or company with skills and a deep experience in microbiology to work on the destruction of hazardous molecules while maintening nutritional qualities of faecal matter.

The second ideal partner is a company in the field urban agriculture with skills in agronomy . In the field of this partnership, the company will have to work on health issues, conservation and nutritional quality related to the valorization of faecal matter.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: The first ideal partner is a private laboratory or company with skills and a deep experience in microbiology to raise current technological bolts in the field of the valorization of faecal matter.

The second ideal partner is a company in the field urban agriculture with skills in agronomy to work on health issues, conservation and nutritional quality related to the valorization of faecal matter.


Advantages & innovations:

The SME has a strong activity in Innovation and Development and experiences in European projects.

In the frame of this project, the SME has won a SME Intrument Phase 1.

Several patents on different technologies, which are based on:
- the separation of feces and urine
- the transformation of feces and toilet paper into stabilized organic matter (humus)
- the conveying system of the feces to the building downpipe

There are many technologies on dry toilets on the market, as dry toilets integrated to storey buildings with three levels in Switzerland and in Sweden. The technology in dry toilets related to the evacuation system in the basement thanks to conveying system integrated to a storey building with more than four levels does not exist.

System without odors (thanks to the ventilation system) and does not require maintenance, which is important for the final user.

This new technology is environmental friendly and meets the challenges related to Global Warming and water scarcity, in particular in urban area. Indeed, these innovative toilets donít use water, artificial chemical, and are energy saving (a very few power is needed).
Moreover, this technology meets the challenges related to waste management: faecal matters are transformed into resources for urban agriculture and gardening, avoiding the use of chemical fertilizers.


IPR:

Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted

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KEY INFORMATION

Country of origin
FRANCE
Profile date
05/02/2019
Deadline
20/03/2019

PARTNERSHIP(S) SOUGHT

Research cooperation agreement

CLASSIFICATIONS

INDUSTRY SECTORS
Industrial Manufacture \ Building and Construction \ Life Sciences \ Biosciences and Health \ Engineering \ Environment & Protecting Man \ Drug Discovery and Drug Development \ Diagnostics
TECHNOLOGY KEYWORDS
INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Process control and logistics / Prototypes, trials and pilot schemes / OTHER INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES / Apparatus Engineering / BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES / Biology / Biotechnology / Microbiology
COMMERCIAL KEYWORDS
Other manufacturing n.e.c.
MARKET KEYWORDS
OTHER / Construction and Building Products / Construction companies / OTHER / Construction and Building Products / Distribution of building products and systems

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Contact Enterprise Europe Network Scotland by email at info@enterprise-europe-scotland.com, quoting reference number RDFR20181220001