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Providing essential human rights solutions through ecological wastewater treatment

Providing essential human rights solutions through ecological wastewater treatment

By Micah Moen 0 Comment October 12, 2019


one in eight people are chronically
hungry one in seven people are without electricity and one in three are without
sanitation so at the most basic level our lab aims to provide these
fundamental human rights to sanitation energy and food security our lab is
attempting to solve these problems using ecological waste water treatment
ecological wastewater treatment has many forms one of them is this laboratory
that I’m sitting in right now at Penn State this is called the eco machine and
an eco machine takes wastewater in and it passes through a series of tanks with
different plants and microorganisms that purify the water without the use of
chemicals and with very low amounts of energy well there are many different
organisms in the system that helped treat the water the superstar is duckweed. duckweed is the smallest flowering plant in the world and it sequester’s
nutrients out of the water and converts them into protein you can take duck weed
out of the water and use it for a variety of beneficial purposes such as
sustainable fertilizers to enrich agricultural fields we can feed it to
farm dairy animals and even fish in aquaponic systems Penn State is a unique
place we have world-class research facilities we have an enormous team of
very skilled faculty we have really hard-working students and yet we’re
nestled in the hills of Central Pennsylvania where I can walk out my
office and within 10 minutes be hiking in the forest and that’s a really unique
set of qualities that drew me to Penn State I always enjoy speaking at the millenium
cafe because of all the different
scientists and engineers who are present so this time when I spoke at the
millenium cafe I specifically emphasized our need to
provide sanitation food and energy to Africa and after the presentation was
over I was so happy that two different people approached me about potentially
applying duckweed technologies in their home countries in Africa and if this is
possible this would be a great opportunity for our research to get off
the ground and be applied in the developing world I feel the most
rewarding part of my research is that it’s something that could actually make
a difference but also I believe in it I feel passionate about our need to
provide these solutions to the world

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