design for a sustainable future
Self powered automatic taps
Over the last decade we have seen an increasing number of automatic water taps in offices, public places such as airports, and also private homes. They help to save water as their sensor technology stops the water flow as soon as the hands are removed. The water temperature can be regulated and the waste of hot water can be avoided. At the same time automatic taps are much more hygienic, because we need not touch the taps when opening them.
Automatic taps have one disadvantage however: the integrated sensors need electric power and very often this power is provided by batteries, which needs servicing and are difficult to recycle.
The Japanese bathroom brand Toto has solved this problem: Their Self Power product range incorporates two technologies for public facilities. They work together to ensure optimum power- and water-saving performance.
The first is an automatic micro-sensor - one of the world's smallest - positioned at the tip of the spout. Accurate hand detection means only the minimum necessary amount of water is used. Located inside the unit is the second technology, a generator that harnesses the energy from water flowing through the tap to make the micro-sensor energy-self-sufficient. External power supply is therefore cut out.
The high design quality of the Toto product speaks for itself.