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Toto Ecopower: Self-Powered Infrared Electronic Faucet


Have you ever wondered where does the energy that keeps your fixed phone alive and make it ring comes from? Well, you may already know it comes from the telephone company, particularly from a PABX machine.

Toto, a Japanese company, thought in the same manner for those sensor-equipped faucets that keep your hands clean and are more green than any other faucets, because they simply shut the water off when nothing is under them. So Toto invented a self-powered faucet. Self-powered is a little exaggerated, because this electric faucet’s sensor is powered by the electricity produced by a small turbine, located inside.

So, going backwards on the chain of events: the water plant has turbines that make pressure to the water, the pressure (or tension) is passed along the pipes, and at the other end the pressure is transformed into electrical voltage (or tension) that powers the faucet’s electronic sensor and opens/closes the switch. So this system works pretty much in the same manner an old telephone does.

Now, there’s also a battery in the miracle faucet, that stores the electricity produced by the small turbine. Eco Power replenishes its charge with as few as 5 uses per day, and with as few as 10 uses a day, the backup battery itself is seldom used and can last up to 19 years. That is a green way to follow when you choose your next future faucet for your home!

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