Together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Samsung created a “reinvented toilet” that eliminates infections and properly discards human waste.
Samsung announced on Thursday that it had worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create a revolutionary toilet that recycles human waste and safely disposes of it.
The South Korean IT behemoth was responding to the foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, which was launched in 2011. The challenge calls for the creation of affordable toilets that can provide inclusive sanitation services without the need for sewage treatment infrastructure.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the company’s advanced research division, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, have been collaborating since 2019. According to Samsung, the institute recently finished the development of basic technologies and created a prototype of the toilet that has through user testing.
The toilet is equipped with heat-treatment and bioprocessing technologies to kill pathogens from human waste, and the released material is safe for the environment, according to the South Korean tech giant. The toilet is intended for household use and complies with the foundation’s performance requirements.
According to Samsung, the treated water can be completely recycled, the solid trash is dried and burned to ash, and the liquid waste is cleaned. The business stated that it intended to give poor nations free licensing to related toilet patents throughout commercialization.
The de facto head of the corporation, Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y Lee, is credited with initiating the idea, according to the South Korean tech giant. Lee met with Bill Gates earlier this month to review the project’s status.
According to Samsung, Lee expressed his commitment to leveraging the company’s innovations to “address the challenges facing humanity.”
Several CSR initiatives by Samsung have been introduced in recent years. The business announced at Unpacked in February that it used components manufactured from used fishing nets to create its Galaxy handsets.
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