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Unicharm turning dirty diapers into clean energy

Breakthrough technology aids efforts to establish full recycling system

Babies in Tokyo are a new source of energy.

TOKYO -- Japan's Unicharm, a manufacturer of disposable hygiene products, has developed technology that generates electricity from the waste water produced when recycling disposable diapers.

The breakthrough comes amid company efforts to create a full recycling system for soiled diapers. According to Unicharm, the technology improves the energy efficiency of diaper recycling by using the electricity it generates to power other parts of the system, namely the ozone processing component.

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