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Green Smart Magazine : 2009_new
ueensland-based inventor Dean Cameron has a commitment to the environment and a passion for saving energy. His invention, the Biolytix Wastewater System, swaps the high-energy machines of conventional, aerated wastewater systems for a completely natural sewage treatment solution. Dean and his Biolytix Wastewater System have won a national Innovation Hero Award and beat 260 companies worldwide to take out the Asian Innovation Award. What was the inspiration behind your award- winning wastewater system, Biolytix? I was surprised to learn how much electricity conventional wastewater treatment systems use with their aerators and pumps. Over the past 12 years spent obser ving how nature breaks down waste, I discovered nature does it a lot more efficiently by naturally aerating and replenishing itself. So, I copied nature's intelligence and engineered it into the Biolytix System. Why do you feel it is important for Australian homes to adopt a 'greener' approach? I don't believe it is acceptable to use the amount of energy we have in the past. We now have innovative passive technologies and designs -- let's use them. What do you feel are the best ways for households to save energy? Redesign your life and habitat so you don't need it -- use the sun's energy to heat, cool and light as much as possible. Recycle your water, nutrients and organic matter and live more simply. Eat locally-grown food in season or grow your own. You live in an eco-friendly home; can you tell us about it? Our home is Balinese style, with a roof-line that cur ves up like a scorpion's tail. The air naturally flows through it so we don't need airconditioning. And in the winter mornings the sun shines right in -- so while the neighbours are burning fossils, we are still comfy. At times, our electricity bills have been 10 per cent of the people next door. What do you enjoy most about inventing? I hate wasting anything, so I see better ways of doing things and don't stop until I have improved it significantly. I enjoy this challenge; it's perhaps not always enjoyable for those around me though! Did you have an inventor's mind as a child? My family are born problem-solvers. I didn't have a choice really -- we must be genetically coded with the creativity and determination needed. Any inventions in the pipelines we can know about? To reduce transport and energy costs, I wanted to transport our wastewater tanks in parts, and then have them simply assembled on site by semi-skilled labourers. So over the past two years I invented Joinlox, a method of joining rigid and semi-rigid materials, which won Invention of the Year 2008 on the ABC television program The New Inventors. We are starting the process of licensing it internationally for a large range of other applications, including building materials. So, you may see more of us in the future! gs 80 greensmart 9 Biolytix last word Dean Cameron has the last word on going green story > Lieske Tigchelaar Q