UCL Grand Challenges


Non-Sewer Off-Grid Solutions for Urban Living

A Grand Challenges Small Grant awarded for a Sustainable Cities project.

Canal Boats

1 September 2021


Grant: Grand Challenges Small Grants
Year awarded: 2021-22
Amount awarded: £5,000


  • Luiza Campos, CEGE, Faculty of Engineering
  • Priti Parikh, Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, Bartlett

Non-sewer off-grid solutions for urban living: feasibility analysis of a circular model for composting toilets on Canal boats in London deals with the safe disposal, treatment and re-use of human waste. The project team will work with local communities to address the pressing challenge of safe disposal of human waste through a circular and green system. The project will consider decentralised treatment options such as composting and anaerobic digestion for energy and nutrient recovery and will co-develop solutions for the canal boat community.

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