Sustainability Hacks: Poop power

Yes. That’s a motorized tricycle with a toilet. Let that sink in for a minute. Oh, that isn’t a concept sketch of something that will never be built. The Toilet Bike Neo is most assuredly a real thing.

Biogas, or methane produced from decaying plant or animal wastes, is a legitimate form of energy. Waste gasses from landfills make up about half a percent of U.S. natural gas consumption. The state of Vermont even has a Cow Power program of renewable energy. That being said, this is a toilet on a trike.

The bike was built for Japanese bathroom fixture manufacturer TOTO’s green initiative. Biogas is produced onboard the trike, so instead of going to the local gas station to fill up, you could just get a newspaper, coffee and bran muffin. There are tanks on the back of the trike containing “fuel”. This arrangement probably makes a rear end collision in the Toilet Bike Neo more terrifying than getting rear-ended in a Ford Pinto.

The Toilet Bike Neo is setting off on a trip across Japan on October 6th (today) to promote biogas. You can follow the updates on the Toilet Bike Neo’s Twitter.

A tip ‘o the hat to [jon] for sending this one in. You may now commence the jokes.

Comments

  1. oodain says:

    the future is looking weirder by the minute.

    why does it talk?

  2. But wouldn’t it take a while for the waste to ferment and produce methane? And I would not think that the the amount of methane produced from the average human’s waste would be enough to get very far.

    That said, it seems like a great idea, and I would love to see it going, but I would never consider riding on one.

  3. blurry says:

    I understand and respect recent updates to the moderation policy of comments, but really I have to say this is crap. :-D

  4. The DON says:

    Whatever you think of this concept vehicle, you gotta love Japanese adverts

  5. Jason says:

    Wrecking on that thing would be pretty shitty! lol

  6. 1000100 1000001 1010110 1000101 says:

    …and it doesn’t look like they used a padded toilet seat.

  7. werejag says:

    that just plain shitty

  8. JPerridew says:

    I can already imagine what the resale value of something like this would be..

  9. Corrosion says:

    lmao, Japan… why am I not supprised

  10. The Cageybee says:

    This arrangement probably makes a rear end collision in the Toilet Bike Neo more terrifying than getting rear-ended in a Ford Pinto.

    ROFLMFAO!!!!

    Adding a biohazard complication to any potential accident. Nice!

  11. ultatryon says:

    That is one shitty trike!

  12. Tom the Brat says:

    Filling up could be interesting.

  13. anon says:

    I’m thinking about speedbumps
    Brrrr….

  14. CheeseEater says:

    Constipation = stranded

  15. Phil says:

    In before “duty cycle” jokes.

  16. Eric says:

    Oh shit.

    No, really, this is just craptacular.

  17. Jay says:

    Because this is from Japan, I am surprised to see the seat on the bike. I would have expected it to be a motorized stand with a hole in the middle.

  18. cam says:

    So, to get anywhere you’d have to eat massive amounts of food and get multiple times the RDA of fiber, and have an exhibitionist streak.

    Or, does the bike come with a portable shower curtain attachment for “fillups” in public places?

    Does a laxative end up working like Nitrous Oxide?

    Do you have to start “filling it up” a few days before a trip to ensure the “fuel” has adequate processing time?

    “Hold on honey, I gotta go crap in the bike, I’m going on that road trip this weekend with the guys”

    or

    “Hey guys, be sure everyone remembers to crap in the bike this week, I’ve got an extra long trip this weekend and don’t want to run out”

    Instead of a tune-up, you get a high colonic.

    instead of sugar in the gas tank, your enemy slips you ImmodiumAD

    Too good. Bravo, Japan.

    • j0z0r says:

      The beginning of your comment reminded me of a scene:
      Frylock: No, no no. This is the best part Carl. Press this button and an infared privacy curtain is activated, rendering you virtually invisible!
      Carl: Oh, okay. Sorta like that movie ‘Predator’. Only instead of huntin’ people, he’s like crappin’

  19. ferdie says:

    thats a real shit bike
    lets make a plane that fly on shit
    the next generation of power to move pepole coms from shit it will never run out

  20. 1000100 1000001 1010110 1000101 says:

    Every politician should own one.

  21. Karl Rosenqvist says:

    If it was combined with the urine powered battery we’d have a new (disturbing) form of hybrid.

  22. Douglas says:

    The license plate should say,”skidmrk.”

  23. yoos says:

    I get the biopower thing.. but I don’t get the necessity of an actual toilet seat and generator on the bike. Wouldn’t it be more effective to install a larger generator in a water treatment plant?

  24. KillerBug says:

    Now your hog can actually smell like a hog!

    The range might be limited by the amount of food you can eat, but remember…the Japanese are very good at eating contests. Anyway, I am sure you wouldn’t want to ride very far with that hard seat.

    Now, someone just needs to make a movie where that bike crashes in Fukushima and a giant, city-crushing poo ball is born only to be killed by Gamera…friend to all children.

  25. tAK says:

    Strong focus on numbers 2s folks – but it’d add a whole new meaning to pissing into the wind.

    I can also see someone on the side of the road with a plunger trying to fix a blockage in the fuel system.

  26. Dra says:

    When I was younger I went to rainbow gatherings a lot with my family. About ten years ago I saw a schoolbus that had been modified to run on this system.

    They towed a cart that had the toilet rig. That thing powered a school bus…it had to plod along, stopping for a day or so here or there, but they had traveled many, MANY miles on it already.

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