Swayam Khaad

The proposal presents a cost-effective design and strategy of a waste container for household and industrial purposes. This device is based on the heat-assisted catalytic transformation of food waste into soil matrix and liquid fertilizer in the duration of 10-18 hours. The system will be equipped with a stainless steel body, heating mantle, mixer and grinder, a stainless-steel filter, and a collection tray. The decomposed material both solid and liquid fertilizer, will have a shelf life of approx. 18 months without any noxious smell. The methodology includes: drying the food waste; pulverization; addition of adsorbent and catalyst; followed by catalytic transformation into final product. In the first step, organic waste is dried and pulverized to ensure increased exposed surface area. This step will be repeated a couple of times to make sure the waste is broken in uniform small size. Thereafter, a mixture of additives (catalyst + adsorbent) will be added to the mixture, to start the catalytic transformation of the particles obtained from the prior steps in the presence of optimal temperature and pressure. The key step of this process is the use the meticulously designed catalyst for the rapid decomposition of food waste into soil matrix and liquid fertilizer. As per our initial screening and hypothesis, the decomposition process will take 6-12 hours that is much faster than any other decomposition method available in the market. During the catalytic transformation, additional reagents might be required to improve the major elements (N, O, P, S) concentration in the decomposed waste. The property of the material as a soil fertilizer will be determined after biochemical and chemical transformations.

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Meet the Team

  • Adhish Singh

    Ph.D. scholar, CURIN
    Chitkara University, Punjab
  • Mohit Kapoor

    Assistant Professor, CURIN
    Chitkara University, Punjab

Contact Information

Adhish Singh
Email – adhish.singh@chitkara.edu.in
Mobile – 7355227056