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‘Toilet Of The Future’ Sought By Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation, $370 Million At Stake

'Toilet Of The Future' Sought By Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation, $370 Million At Stake

Toilet of the future wanted. Reward — more than $300 million.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is on a mission to find a new model for the toilet that would reinvent the model for the 2.5 billion people around the world without access to modern sanitation, the Associated Press reported.

The competition to find the toilet of the future has attracted scientists and inventors from across the globe, with models like one using microwave energy to transform human waste into electricity and another that captures urine to use for flushing. Another converts excrement into charcoal that can then be burned for energy.

“We couldn’t be happier with the response that we’ve gotten,” Bill Gates said.

The toilet of the future must be able to operate without running water, electricity or a septic system, the competition stipulates. It must also not discharge pollutants and preferably be able to capture energy, all at a cost of less than 5 center per day.

At stake is the more than $370 million the foundation is willing to put up to find the toilet of the future. The foundation held a toilet fair this week to show how much progress has been made in just one year since the search for the toilet of the future was kicked off.

The “Reinvent the Toilet Fair” was held in Seattle and awarded prizes for promising designs. First prize went to a model developed at California Institute of Technology, a solar-powered toilet that generated hydrogen gas and electricity, AFP reported.

“The flush toilets we use in the wealthy world are irrelevant, impractical and impossible for 40 percent of the global population, because they often don’t have access to water, and sewers, electricity, and sewage treatment systems,” Gates said in a statement.

The search for the toilet of the future comes at an important time for health worldwide. The United Nations estimates that close to half of the hospitalizations in the developing world are caused by unsafe sanitation, and 1.5 million children die each year from diarrheal disease.

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17 Responses to “‘Toilet Of The Future’ Sought By Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation, $370 Million At Stake”

  1. Cirric Fylenco

    People living in places with no running water, electricity, or septic system, will rip apart the toilet for its parts and sell it.

  2. Cirric Fylenco

    people living in places with no running water, electricity, or septic system, will likely rip apart this "toilet of the future" for its high-tech parts and sell it.

  3. Jira Ausvasethkul

    I inventing a toilet that can wash dirts and killing bacterias on toilet seat and dried it up, also be able to wash off after poo without hand touching more throughly and more sanitizing than exit thing ones.nevertheless you can take a shower while pooing that good for everyones including yourself while hurry, good for children and handicap too.i hope my invention will help the world more conveniene, more sanitized ofcourse cheap to produce so the whole world can afford to use it. unlike what bill gate is looking for new toilet invention that too expensive.

  4. Tony Cardinal

    READ MOTHER EARTHS© HAND BOOK OF HOMEMADE POWER! THE CONCEPT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR DECADES. BUT UNTIL NOW, NO ONE HAS YET TO INVEST LARGE SCALE IN SUCH VENTURES! IT HAS BEEN MOSTLY FARMERS AND OFF THE GRID SURVIVALISTS WANTING EXTRA POWER FROM METHANE AND PETROLEUM FREE, NITROGEN RICH FERTILIZERS!

  5. Curt Bixel

    I bet if you were to dig a hole in the ground, build a small building over it, and put a little chair with a hole in it in the building, that might work.

  6. Ken Saari

    Throw a little lime in once in awhile to neutralize the smell. As Ecclesiastes says, "There is nothing new under the sun".

  7. Ken Saari

    Throw a little lime in once in awhile to neutralize the smell. As Ecclesiastes says, "There is nothing new under the sun".

  8. Anonymous

    I wonder how much one of these thrones will cost? with the infusion of technology , that %40 of the worlds population that do not have access to water, sewer, sewage treatment facilities, and electricity may not be able to afford one.

  9. Andy Boonjindasup

    You are 36 years ahead !!!!!!!! Go talk to Bill Gate, he needs your invention of 'TOILET' now. I want 8% royalty since I was with you in Kansas City….hahahahaha

  10. Jira Ausvasethkul

    my invention's sanitatary and energy saving toilet not only clean bottom and body very throughly,especially with babies and handicaps after finshed pooing you don't need hands to get dirty. water also can recycle by using solar cell water pump retrieving back to toillet tank with poo flow to septic tank and emitted gas can convert to fuel or fertilizers.i also invented sanitary and water saving diswasher for both commercial and household use.washing dishes will take only few minutes without using hot water and need no preywash.the dishes will be sweeply cleaned with sanitized and dried. this diswashers i invented will save a lots of water bill because water and detergents can retrieving back. times save with better quality of cleaning and also save money not too expensive too. the whole world would be appreciated my inventions.moerover i also invented car automatic driving control -lane tracking.you don't need to worry about boring driving any more.this device will give you driving more easy and mor safty.