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NEWgenerator on a forklift at USF

Commercialization of USF-invented sanitation system set to begin

The latest version of the USF-invented NEWgenerator is on its way to South Africa to begin the process of entering mass production. The solar-powered machine generates nutrients, energy and water by safely recovering them from human wastewater – a technology built to address global sanitation concerns.

September 15, 2021Research and Innovation

 Creating a closed-loop system where water is scarce, the NEWgenerator can treat wastewater from portable toilets and recycle clean water back for toilet flushing, thereby enabling a more hygienic and convenient flush toilet experience for users. Previously, waste could only be stored in a tank or pit latrine.

A Patent for Humanity

Created by a team of USF engineers led by Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Daniel Yeh, human wastewater converter NEWgenerator will be recognized as a winner of the 2020 Patents for Humanity award by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

August 28, 2020Research and Innovation

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USF ranks among academic world leaders in U.S. patent production

For eighth consecutive year, USF is in the Top 20 of innovative global institutions; Top 10 of U.S. public university patent producers.

June 2, 2020Research and Innovation

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New Global University Patent Ranking Again Places USF in World’s Top Institutions

USF ranks in the Top 10 of American public universities, Top 20 of world universities in securing new U.S. utility patents.

June 4, 2019Research and Innovation, University News

The USF Patent Wall

USF Earns New Recognition as a Global Leader in Producing United States Patents

New National Academy of Inventors/Intellectual Property Owners Association rankings released.

June 5, 2018Research and Innovation

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