Our biofilter design and development activity is integrated and market-led. We call it Project Tiger. The project team of scientists, market researchers and design experts is applying known biofilter technology to develop systems which digest and treat faecal solids effectively, while:
The project team of scientists, market researchers and design experts is applying known biofilter technology to develop systems which digest and treat faecal solids effectively, while producing low residual waste, using small amounts of water, taking less space than a septic tank and remaining affordable to purchase and maintain.
Such systems have been quite extensively studied and are already in commercial production in developed world contexts. We believe our product will be attractive to people in developing countries who aspire to upgrade to a septic tank but can’t afford it. They form a massive potential market.
Our user-centred design approach includes:
- Reviewing existing knowledge of biofilters
- Building a target-user profile
- Pilot lab work to assess key parameters affecting performance
- Designing and evaluating concepts
- Developing and testing prototypes
- Exploring business models
- Evaluating market demand.
Project Tiger aims:
- Design a biofilter system to meet people’s needs and aspirations, which is foolproof to install and maintain
- Demonstrate performance and demand, and estimate potential social, economic, environmental and health impacts
- Provide a knowledge platform and engage with partners to develop ventures to bring our biofilter to market (by the end of 2011).
Read the Project Tiger FAQs to find out everything you need to know, from anticipated environmental impact to why we’re using tiger worms.
Want to get involved?
Project Tiger offers a unique opportunity to improve the lives of people without adequate sanitation. We’re looking for companies, organisations or individuals interested in commercialising our innovation. If you’d like to be involved, please get in touch.