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'HighDro Power' Toilet Power Generator Converts Every Flush Into Electricity

 - Jul 23, 2010   Updated: Jun 16 2011
References: creativeboom & popsci
Tom Broadbent is an industrial design student at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. Tom has created a toilet power generator that converts kinetic energy from flushing your toilet into electrical energy.

The toilet power generator, HighDro Power, is composed of a four-blade waterwheel-like turbine that drives a generator. With the addition of this ingenious invention, a seven-story building could save $1,000 per year in energy costs.

Implications - The eco-friendly toilet was inspired by what Tom Broadbent calls a "Eureka! moment." He claims that it happened when he emptied a hotel bath and watched as the water quickly swooshed down the drain. He decided that energy should be able work in the same sense.