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Bill Gates Gets Into The Toilet Business

     
1:36 pm on Aug 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Bill Gates Gets Into The Toilet Business [bbc.co.uk]
The Gates Foundation has committed $370m (235m) to its future toilet initiative and hopes to field test the prototypes within three years.
At the Reinvent the Toilet fair, hosted at its Seattle campus this week, designs included a lavatory that used microwave energy to turn poo into electricity.

Another turned excrement into charcoal, while a third used urine for flushing.

In total 28 designs were shown off at the fair and the winner was a team from the California Institute of Technology.

Led by Prof Michael Hoffman, the toilet they designed was solar-powered and generated hydrogen gas and electricity. They won a $100,000 prize.

The project challenged inventors to come up with a toilet that operated without running water, electricity or a septic system. It needed to operate at a cost of no more than five cents (3p) a day and would ideally capture energy or other resources.

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I thought mac' was back when I saw the subject :)
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Gates sticks his nose into lot of things, no wonder it was the toilet (business) this time.


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5:37 pm on Aug 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The project challenged inventors to come up with a toilet that operated without running water, electricity or a septic system. It needed to operate at a cost of no more than five cents (3p) a day and would ideally capture energy or other resources.

Can I claim the prize, my invention derived from a study on ursine toilet behaviour, is called "The Woods"
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Yes, I remember we had a lot more toilet talk here in foo, when he was still around. I just checked in his profile - his last post was 7 years ago. God, how time flies.
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Water will be the next oil in short supply with escalating prices before too much longer. Get a zero water toilet and it's gonna help out a lot of people all around the world if it can be installed across a large user base.