South Korea; Now Get Paid In Digital Currency For Your Excretion

(Reuters) – ULSAN, South Korea – You may use a toilet to pay for coffee or purchase bananas from a South Korean institution, which uses human excrement to power a building.

Well, just a usual morning in your town, you woke up to read a newspaper and went outside to have a cup of coffee with your friends. But in between pressure builds up within you and you found a toilet that literally pays you for your excrement. Yes, you read it right.

At a university in South Korea, where human excrement is being utilized to help power a building, using the toilet may pay for your coffee or buy you bananas.

Women take a look at items at a faeces currency market at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in Ulsan, South Korea. Image Credit: REUTERS

The Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), professor of urban and environmental engineering, Cho Jae-weon, created a clean, green toilet linked to the laboratory using dung for biogas and fuel manure production.

The BeeVi toilet, which is a combination of the terms “bee” and “vision,” sends faeces into an underground tank through a vacuum pump, saving water. Microorganisms split trash into methane, which is an energy source for the building and is used as gas storage tank, a hot-water boiler, and a solid oxide cell.

cho Says,”If we think out of the box, faeces has precious value to make energy and manure. I have put this value into ecological circulation,”


According to the environmental engineer, the average individual defecates around 500g each day, which may be transformed into 50 litres of methane gas. This gas can produce 0.5 kWh of power or operate a car for roughly 1.2 kilometres (0.75 miles).

Cho created the Ggool virtual money, which means honey in Korean. Every individual who uses the environmentally friendly toilet earns 10 Ggool each day.

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An Indian tagged Prime Minister “Narendra Modi” to introduce such innovations in the country.

The digital pennies may then be used to buy anything at school, including freshly made coffee, instant cup noodles, fruits, and books, from a shop on campus. Students use digital money to pay by scanning a QR code.

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