Gallery: Philips’ Microbial Home Design Features Fascinating Eco Innova...

Lastly, Philips has built a throne to the source of the methane powered home. The Filtering Squatting toilet separates liquid and solid waste, filtering the first to water to help grow plants and channeling the other to the home system to convert to methane. It utilizes the 1 liter flush toilet technique, consuming no energy at all.

The main hub of the Microbial Home is the Bio Digester Kitchen Island. It converts solid human (a little disturbing, but ok) and vegetable waste into methane gas that powers the rest of the home’s functions. The island includes a chopping surface, a gas stove, and a glass tank that shows energy levels. The island sits on wheels, making it easily movable.

Philips’ incredible Bio Lights are fueled by the power of methane as well. The “Bio-gas” is made by collecting and burning the gasses that bacteria living upon the waste give off. The lamp itself is a series of hand blown glass cells inside steel frames. Each cell is connected to its methane food source by tiny silicon tubes, resembling a bouquet of glass balloons. The food source can also be replaced with fluorescent proteins that emit different shades and colors.


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