Dr. Daniel Yeh and the creators of the NEWgenerator, which turns waste into Nutrient fertilizers, renewable Energy and clean Water, are available for reporters on Tuesday, Oct. 6
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 5, 2015) – After more than a decade of development, a device created by USF Associate Professor of Engineering Daniel Yeh and his team of graduate students, will soon take the next step toward solving several serious issues facing countries around the world.
In their quest to help communities with a lack of sufficient sanitation, clean water, food and reliable energy, the team will ship their first NEWgenerator unit to India for field-testing later this month.
The NEWgenerator converts waste into Nutrient fertilizers, renewable Energy, and clean Water, providing a modular and self-sustaining machine that operates completely off-grid (no water, power or sewer system required).
Yeh, who started working on the project as a post-doctoral researcher at Stanford University in 2002, and members of his team are available for reporters at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6 outside the ENR building on the Tampa campus. ENR is located next to Parking & Transportation Services, near the intersection of USF Holly Drive and USF Plum Drive. A campus map can be found here.
In this next phase of the project, a field test unit will be shipped to a community in southern India. The USF team will install the unit and USF Civil & Environmental Engineering PhD candidate Robert Bair, the technical lead on the design and fabrication of the unit, will remain in India for about one year to operate, test and collect data on the NEWgenerator. He will develop design changes for the next version of the unit based on his findings. These design changes will likely lead to the commercialization of the NEWgenerator.
The project is funded by the Indian government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. To date, USF has filed three patents on the NEWgenerator, with more expected in the future.
The USF group also earned $50,000 for winning the Cade Museum Prize in 2014.
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