MICROBIAL HOME Ecosystem Concept by Philips is a domestic ecosystem that challenges conventional design solutions to energy, cleaning, food preservation, lighting, human waste, and healthy lifestyles. It consists of a larder, bio-digester island, bio-light, and an effluent-filtering squatting toilet.
There are (Evaporative Cooling) Larder
The larder concept is a system designed to keep “living food” fresh using natural processes (as opposed to the situation of dead food in the refrigerator). The larder consists of an evaporative cooler and vegetable storage system built into a dining table.
The Bio-digester kitchen island is the central hub in the Microbial Home system. It consists of a methane digester that coverts bathroom waste solids and vegetable trimmings into methane gas. The methane is used to power a series of functions in the home.
The bio-light uses different biological technologies to create ambient light effects. The concept explores the use of bioluminescent bacteria, which are fed with methane and composted material (drawn from the methane digester in the Microbial Home system).
Alternatively the cellular light array can be filled with fluorescent proteins that emit different frequencies of light.
Effluent-filtering Squatting Toilet
This is a waste-separating squatting toilet that filters effluent while channelling excreta to a methane digester in the Microbial Home system.
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