Saturday, April 7, 2012

Gates Foundation Donates $100,000 to New Toilet Technology

Only a UK paper would actually run this with a news article. Linked to source: Daily Mail

Several months ago I posted about how the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had announced that it will be investing more than $42 million in the development of new toilets that are designed to turn waste into energy. Call it productive poop, alternative energy, waste not want not, or really giving back to the Earth, but scientists researching alternative energy believe there is great potential in the reuse of human waste. However, little has been done in the way of developing a system that could convert bodily functions into usable energy.
Improved toilet technology is a very big deal. It sounds gross to the uneducated, but really it has pretty amazing potential. And now the Gates Foundation has funded $100,000 to scientists at Imperial College London and Durham University, and Dr. Sarah Haigh of Manchester University. Haigh is an expert in nanotechnology.
The research and new technology is not going to produce Evian quality bottled water, and that isn't the aim either. But it could create cleaner water. No, this isn't a device headed for your suburban home powder room, that will recycle your pee, and come out your faucet later. But it could very well end up in less developed countries where clean water is scarce.
The UK project beat out 2,000 other proposals to win the funding.
Read the whole story here!

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