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The project is to build a decentralised sanitation system for refugee camps that can recover energy, nutrients and water to offset the rapid deforestation and spread of diseases within the settlements.
From the research, so far Thomas has started a social enterprise WASE to build a prototype system that can be tested in a Ugandan Refugee Camp in collaboration with Mercy Corps and Brunel University London. Thomas is aiding a masters’ student project and has taken on two Nuffield Research Placement Students to learn from his lab research into microbial fuel cells, has set up two under graduate student projects and a master’s group project to extend the research into possible household sanitation options and sludge carbonisation.
WASE the social enterprise has been shortlisted as a finalist for a UK Energy Innovation Award for Best University Technology and has got through to the second stage of the Climate Launchpad competition.
Top 3 learnings:
1 I have learnt that surrounding yourself with passionate and ambitious people can inspire you to do things you would not have dreamed of doing.
2 A lot of people are willing to put themselves out to help you if you ask.
3 Implementing interesting projects can inspire and encourage others to do the similar things and spreading the potential impact.
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