Students Getting Paid For Going to Toilet in South Korea

By: | July 14th, 2021

Earlier, we heard about smart toilets that can measure our weight, take our skin temperature, pulse rate, and heart rate. We have even heard about toilets analyzing stool for health problems.

Now, a toilet is generating power from poop and people are getting paid to use the toilets.

Yes, you read that right!

An urban and environmental engineering professor at a South Korean university – UNIST has designed a toilet that transforms poop into energy. It is called the BeeVi toilet, from the words bee and vision. The toilet breaks down the waste to methane, a source of energy.

An average person’s poop in one day can generate enough power to run your dishwasher once in “energy saver” mode or power a car for three-quarters of a mile.

The Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) is encouraging students to use the toilets. They are being paid for using toilets with a digital currency called Ggool, which means honey in Korean.

Every person who goes to the toilet gets 10 Ggool. This can be used to pay for food, drink, or buy books.

The toilet is invented by a professor at the UNIST, Cho Jae-weon. Cho said, “If we think out of the box, feces has precious value to make energy and manure. I have put this value into ecological circulation,”

Heo Hui-jin, a postgraduate student at the university, said, “I had only ever thought that feces is dirty, but now it is a treasure of great value to me,” “I even talk about feces during mealtimes, to think about buying any book I want.”


Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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