Samsung, with the support of the Melinda & Bill Gates Foundation, has developed a prototype that uses heat treatment and bioprocessing.
In 2018, a very striking news appeared in Spain regarding Bill Gates, one of the most relevant billionaires in history. His foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, held an exhibition in Beijing with the idea of reinventing the toilet as we know it , presenting a device that would replace the utensil we use every day. Now, Samsung joins Gates to carry out this project.
As Samsung has announced , the firm has completed a project in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in response to the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge project, which seeks to develop a different, safer toilet prototype designed for use at home.
It is not for less; At an event presented in Suwon, Korea, both the Samsung Institute of Advanced Technology (SAIT) and the Gates Foundation have finished the project they both started working on in 2019. According to Samsung, they have finished “the development of technologies for the toilet and has successfully developed and tested a prototype.
The toilet of the future
It all begins on August 16, when Jay Y. Lee, vice president of Samsung Electronics, met with Bill Gates. The idea was to “discuss the result of the reinvented toilet project” and seek, through the exchange of ideas, to bring the project to a common culmination. And SAIT from Samsung has achieved a curious prototype for domestic use.
The project has taken 3 years of research and development, making use of advances in modular component technology. Samsung claims that this toilet prototype is “energy efficient”, with wastewater treatment capacity and that it meets the requirements of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to commercialize it.
This prototype includes thermal treatment and bioprocessing technologies that remove pathogens from human waste and make human-generated effluents and solids more environmentally friendly.
The system allows, among other things, to completely recycle the treated water and dehydrate the solid waste. These are subsequently dried and burned until they are converted to ash. The liquids, for their part, receive a biological purification treatment.
To justify this project, Samsung cites data from the World Health Organization and UNICEF, explaining that more than 3.6 billion people use unsafe sanitation facilities due to their inability to access conventional systems.
In this way, half a million children under the age of 5 die each year from diarrhea-related diseases, caused by lack of access to necessary hygiene and drinking water.
The Reinvent the Toilet Challenge initiative was born in 2011, with the idea of developing “transformative toilet technologies” that can “manage human waste safely and effectively.”