Think bigger, yet smaller

Once found only in science fiction, it is now a reality.

HERU stands for HOME ENERGY RECOVERY UNIT. Once found only in films, is now a reality.

Using advanced thermal energy and patented heat processing technology, domestic waste is put into the HERU Chamber to be treated by Pyrolysis. Pyrolysis doesn’t incinerate the waste; it is heated to a temperature, which then decomposes the waste in the absence of oxygen. The gasses given off are cleaned and used in the thermal process to generate hot water, this is then sent to the existing hot water and heating system.

Any waste residue is reduced to an acceptable PH level compound, which is flushed out to the existing sewer.

Global possibilities

The world needs a solution to waste. Current thinking still revolves around the collection and processing of the material. The HERU turns the current thinking on its head as it would mean the waste generated at home would be viewed as a fuel source and used to generate hot water for the home, reducing the energy costs of each and every home on the planet.
The world’s cities currently generate around 1.3 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste a year, or 1.2kg per person per day, nearly half of which comes from OECD countries. That is predicted to rise to 2.2 billion tonnes by 2025, or 1.4kg per person. Further, it is estimated that China’s urbanites will throw away 1.4 billion tonnes in 2025, up from 520m tonnes today. America’s rubbish pile will also increase from 620m tonnes to 700m tonnes.

Energising Waste

Every home needs a HERU

Waste supply is increasing, energy supply is decreasing. Surely we should be addressing these two issues together. However, the conventional thought process to deal with waste is still to collect it from every house. How wasteful is that? Large fleets of uneconomical refuse lorries chugging around, just to collect waste, which, with the HERU could be processed in a domestic unit at home, cleanly and efficiently.

The HERU concept arose from thinking into the future and applying the vision to technology today.