Innovations and solutions are borne out of constant exchange of ideas between individuals with different backgrounds and experiences. As the author Steven Johnson of Where Good ideas Come From puts it, “The trick to having good ideas is not to sit around in glorious isolation and try to think big thoughts. The trick is to get more parts on the table.”
So as the Project NexCities scientists continue to pursue the goal of harvesting nutrients from sewage to be made into a usable fertiliser through experiments and field trials, exchange of ideas also happen in the background- across the Philippines and the world as local and international partners join the discussion.
Two knowledge exchanges have already taken place online with discussions on future projects, and current processes and activities.
The first meeting was between De La Salle University, University of Surrey, and Japanese partners from Tokyo Institute of Technology where current potential of using struvite for crop production and future projects on the use of liquid waste (effluent) in algae production for animal feeds and production of smart compost were discussed.
Another meeting was held between the De La Salle University and De La Salle Araneta University teams where the reactor parts and installation guidance were discussed as well as the struvite production process, and the crop planting process of tomato, eggplant, petchay, and mustard.
The pandemic might not be over but the NexCities project, and the development of a new partnerships and projects, continues. Para sa bayan!
Converting wastewater into nutrient-rich fertilizer for a better city of the future