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ICYMI: South Korean professor develops BeeVi toilet, turns human waste to fuel and cryptocurrency

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What if your own waste can earn you fuel and cryptocurrency? This is what the BeeVi toilet can do.
ICYMI: South Korean professor develops BeeVi toilet, turns human waste to fuel and cryptocurrency
BeeVi toilet and the inventor, Cho Jae-won (photo credit: azcoin news)

Eco-friendly toilet, anyone?

A South Korean urban and environmental engineering professor named Cho Jae-won at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has recently developed the BeeVi toilet.

BeeVi from the words bee and vision is an eco-friendly toilet that uses a vacuum pump that sends feces into an underground tank where microorganisms break down the waste and turn it into methane "which becomes a source of energy for the building, powering a gas stove, hot-water boiler and solid oxide fuel cell" according to Reuters.

If we think out of the box, feces has precious value to make energy and manure. I have put this value into ecological circulation, Cho said.

The professor has also devised a cryptocurrency called Ggool which means honey in Korean. Each person using the BeeVi toilet can earn 10 Ggool a day.
Women take a look at items at a feces currency market at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (photo credit: Reuters)
Women take a look at items at a feces currency market at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (photo credit: Reuters)

Students can use the Ggool in buying goods on campus, such as freshly brewed coffee, instant cup noodles, fruits, and even books. To use, the students can simply pick up the products they want at a shop and scan a QR code to pay with Ggool. Cool, right?

What do you guys think?

Source: Reuters
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