Bill Gates, famous for his concern for the environment, partnered with Samsung to create a prototype waterless toilet for domestic use that turns solid waste into ash. The idea arose years ago, in 2011, when the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was commissioned to create a toilet capable of safely and effectively handling human waste.
This Bill Gates initiative has become a reality 12 years later and will help reduce the
carbon footprint by reducing the amount of water used and by minimizing the amount of
solid waste that enters the environment.
The aim of this is to provide those developing communities with safe and efficient access to sanitation services. These toilets are equipped with a waste treatment system that uses a bioprocessing system to remove pathogens from human waste and heat treatment to increase sanitary safety. “The system allows the treated water to be completely recycled. Solid waste is dehydrated, dried and burned to ash, while liquid waste is treated through a biological purification process.”
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Rated as energy efficient, the toilet does not need water, which means a
Advantage for use in remote areas, the very places where nitrogen and micro-pollutants from human waste can be dangerous to the environment and the people who encounter them.
According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the disposal of human waste has changed very little since its inception and is a major contributing factor to many significant health problems facing humanity. “The flush toilet has not changed much since it was invented in 1596 by Sir John Harington,” the Foundation statement states.
Efforts to make toilets safe and sanitary for remote, low-income areas with little access to water and electricity or traditional waste disposal techniques present a unique challenge for designers. This product not only safely disposes of human waste but can also be converted into electricity and fertilizer.
Samsung plans to offer royalty-free licenses of patents related to the
project to developing countries during the commercialization phase and will work with the
foundation to bring the technology to mass production.
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