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Bill Gates challenges research team to reinvent the........... toilet
www.theengineer.co.uk ^ | 20 July 2011 | staff

Posted on 07/21/2011 1:00:43 PM PDT by Red Badger

Bill Gates has given Dutch researchers the task of creating a toilet that works without links to water, sewage or power networks.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded Delft University of Technology a grant to develop a way of using microwaves to process human waste and create electricity.

The researchers hope the new toilet could be produced at an affordable cost for people in developing countries with limited access to reliable infrastructure.

Waste will be dried and then gasified using plasma created by microwaves. The resulting syngas, a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, will be fed into a solid oxide fuel-cell stack to generate electricity.

Delft’s Georgios Stefanidis, assistant professor of process intensification, said the process would generate enough power to become self-sufficient.

‘Part of the electricity produced will be used to activate plasma gasification, while heat recovered from the syngas stream and from the fuel-cell exhaust gas will be used for waste drying.

‘Preliminary calculations show that microwave plasma gasification may be energy self-sufficient, provided that the efficient transformation and high throughput of human waste matter can be obtained. It is also affordable.’

The foundation announced the grant yesterday at the AfricaSan conference in Rwanda as part of more than $40m in investments in its new water, sanitation and hygiene strategy.

‘To address the needs of the 2.6 billion people who don’t have access to safe sanitation, we not only must reinvent the toilet, we also must find safe, affordable and sustainable ways to capture, treat and recycle human waste,’ said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the foundation’s Global Development Program.

Delft’s Prof Andrzej Stankiewicz said: ‘The current project presents an excellent example of how modern chemical engineering science serves not only the chemical process industries but also helps in resolving some crucial societal issues in the world.’


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: hardware; software; toilet
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Maybe they can find a toilet GUI that will work the first time you use it....................
1 posted on 07/21/2011 1:00:49 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: ShadowAce

Ping.............


2 posted on 07/21/2011 1:01:21 PM PDT by Red Badger (PEAS in our time? Obama cries PEAS! PEAS! when there is no PEAS!..........................)
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To: Red Badger

It’s called an outhouse.


3 posted on 07/21/2011 1:03:57 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Red Badger
for people in developing countries with limited access to reliable infrastructure.

But, of course, they have access to microwave and a place to plug it in.

Since it's from Microsoft, it will eventually lock up and have to be re-installed.

4 posted on 07/21/2011 1:04:03 PM PDT by capt. norm (Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never run out of material. c)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

This is the mobile version................

5 posted on 07/21/2011 1:04:29 PM PDT by Red Badger (PEAS in our time? Obama cries PEAS! PEAS! when there is no PEAS!..........................)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
And they work!! My grandfathers never smelled....plenty of air coming in between the boards. It was a one seater with the standard Seas catalog.

They've installed similar systems in parks....but they're in well sealed buildings....and yeh...you're gonna gag...

6 posted on 07/21/2011 1:06:46 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Red Badger

I was expecting some foot pedals for processing.


7 posted on 07/21/2011 1:07:18 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: Red Badger
"Mr. Gates, I have designed the perfect toilet, that will not need water or electricity..."

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"Can I have 10 million dollars now?"

8 posted on 07/21/2011 1:07:47 PM PDT by Fedupwithit ("The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants" -Albert Camus)
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To: Red Badger

I’m all for advancemnets, Mr. Gates, but why reinvent the “turd-burner”?


9 posted on 07/21/2011 1:08:00 PM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Red Badger

This is the problem with liberal elites.

They think you can invent things on demand.

Instead of having a team of researched find and evaluate potentially useful areas of research, they demand something they THINK would be so nice to have.


10 posted on 07/21/2011 1:08:16 PM PDT by Mr. K (CAPSLOCK! -Unleash the fury! [Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket])
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To: Red Badger
...a toilet that works without links to water, sewage or power networks.

...develop a way of using microwaves to process human waste and create electricity.

Okay, so without a power source, what generates the microwaves?

11 posted on 07/21/2011 1:09:28 PM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Red Badger
Preliminary calculations show that microwave plasma gasification may be energy self-sufficient, provided that the efficient transformation and high throughput of human waste matter can be obtained. It is also affordable.

Now THAT'S funny!

"Okay kids, if you want to be able to watch some TV tonight you better commence to eatin' and crappin' like you ain't never ate nor crapped before!"

12 posted on 07/21/2011 1:12:55 PM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Red Badger

Oh where to begin....will it interface with Windows 7 64 bit?

If something goes wrong with the microwave thingy will one find ones testicles roasted instead?

If the plasma thingy explodes the sygas thingy does the “user” experience the “BTOD” or blue toilet of death?


13 posted on 07/21/2011 1:14:14 PM PDT by mdmathis6 (Applied Christianity;a study in spiritual fiber optics connecting God's love to man!)
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To: Red Badger
The first, last and only problem (as almost anyone can tell you) is that no matter how you put it together, the resultant products and byproducts still have the lingering odor of poop ~ EVEN FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS!

This is not a problem that Bill Gates can overcome.

14 posted on 07/21/2011 1:14:24 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Red Badger

Oh man, these jokes almost write themselves.

Cool! A toilet you have to stand up from and sit back down on to flush.

It gives new meaning to the Blue Swirl of Death!

“Oh man, I have to install Winflows(tm) Service Pack Number 2 in order to take a crap.”

It gives new meaning to the term, “You must be LOGGED on!”


15 posted on 07/21/2011 1:15:53 PM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: Red Badger
people in developing countries with limited access to reliable infrastructure. The people in Third World hellholes are too stupid or too lazy to dig a simple slit trench. That why these Third world pits are still "developing" after thousands of years.
16 posted on 07/21/2011 1:19:05 PM PDT by Roninf5-1
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To: Red Badger

Bill Gates already has a “toilet” Windows ME and Vista.


17 posted on 07/21/2011 1:20:01 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Red Badger

Sounds like a noble pursuit, and happily my tax dollars aren’t paying for it, but if the developing countries don’t have the plumbing infrastructure to support toilets, they probably won’t have the energy infrastructure to power a poop microwave.


18 posted on 07/21/2011 1:20:51 PM PDT by jz638
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To: Red Badger

It already exists. Grandpa had one out on the back...


19 posted on 07/21/2011 1:21:22 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: Red Badger

Wouldn’t it be easier to put everyone in the world on a 1200 calorie a day intake to reduce volume?


20 posted on 07/21/2011 1:21:59 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: US Navy Vet

>> Bill Gates already has a “toilet” Windows ME and Vista.

Damn! Beat me to it. Ya gotta type quick around here.


21 posted on 07/21/2011 1:23:02 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Sacajaweau
My grandfathers never smelled....

A little lime goes a long way...

At this latitude, most of the older houses have lilacs in the back.

In the Spring, during the thaw, the lilac blossoms' intense perfume helped cover up the aroma of the thawing privvy.

22 posted on 07/21/2011 1:23:21 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Red Badger

early-onset dementia?


23 posted on 07/21/2011 1:23:21 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("America will cease to be great when America ceases to be good." -- Welcome to deToqueville.)
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To: Red Badger

He already did. It was called windows vista


24 posted on 07/21/2011 1:23:21 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Red Badger

Bud, sit down. Let me tell you the story of the Ferguson. Now these babies were made in Maine, you know, at the little Ferguson factory. It's the Stradivarius of toilets. And my Dad could play it like a violin. Yup, I'll never forget the time my dad took me to Maine to visit the factory. I had to go to the bathroom. And I begged him to pull into a truck stop. He said no, wait until we get there! It'll be worth it! It was!

Bud: Excuse me, Dad, but a toilet is a toilet.

Al: (grimacing) Bud... the toilets today aren't worthy of the name! They come in designer colors... they're too low! When you flush them, they make this weak, almost apologetic sound. But not the Ferguson. It only comes in white. And when you flush it... BaaaWOOOSH! That's a man's flush, Bud. A Ferguson says, "I'm a toilet. Sit down and give me your best shot." Oh, if only a Ferguson could speak, the tales it would tell!

25 posted on 07/21/2011 1:26:14 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Red Badger
The Eco-Friendly, "Green" Solution:


26 posted on 07/21/2011 1:28:57 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: Red Badger
Ok Bill, I can rigs a potato gun under you flusher if you want a cheap thrill.
27 posted on 07/21/2011 1:30:56 PM PDT by org.whodat (Speaker West, name sounds good.)
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To: Red Badger
The Executive Model


28 posted on 07/21/2011 1:32:07 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: jz638

The cooked waste is supposed to generate enough power in fuel cells to support the microwaves. Sounds cool, but very complex and buggy—kind of like Windoze®. Hard to image maintaining something like that in Third World conditions.


29 posted on 07/21/2011 1:34:36 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: Red Badger
And by the time government gets done regulating it...

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30 posted on 07/21/2011 1:34:45 PM PDT by digger48 (a)
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To: muawiyah
...resultant products and byproducts still have the lingering odor of poop ~ EVEN FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS!

This is not a problem that Bill Gates can overcome.

Just open a new WINDOW!...........;^)

31 posted on 07/21/2011 1:35:49 PM PDT by Red Badger (PEAS in our time? Obama cries PEAS! PEAS! when there is no PEAS!..........................)
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To: Red Badger

“Bill Gates has given Dutch researchers the task of creating a toilet that works without links to water, sewage or power networks.”

It’s already been “invented”, a long time ago. It’s called an “out house”, and in modern terms they already have portable ones.

Tell the Dutch researchers to just send Gates their own “out house” plans and collect the “research” money from idiot Gates.


32 posted on 07/21/2011 1:40:27 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: muawiyah

Move it and grow blue ribbon tomatoes where it last stood.


33 posted on 07/21/2011 1:40:37 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: Red Badger
Apple had it first.


34 posted on 07/21/2011 1:42:17 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Iron Munro

Macs are so much better!


35 posted on 07/21/2011 1:45:07 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (WHITEY)
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To: Mr. K
Yep, I was going to say that as long as he's at it, Gates ought to get somebody to genetically alter/engineer a goose that lays golden eggs.

I imagine that bird would be pretty popular almost anywhere.

36 posted on 07/21/2011 1:48:12 PM PDT by skimbell
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To: Red Badger

The fool and his money.


37 posted on 07/21/2011 1:53:23 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Red Badger

Control > alt > defecate


38 posted on 07/21/2011 1:54:50 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Little boy, sear catalog, ladies underwear section, wonderful time, wonder if those models realized what joy their pictures brought. LOL


39 posted on 07/21/2011 1:56:10 PM PDT by org.whodat (Speaker West, name sounds good.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Little boy, sear catalog, ladies underwear section, wonderful time, wonder if those models realized what joy their pictures brought. LOL


40 posted on 07/21/2011 1:56:21 PM PDT by org.whodat (Speaker West, name sounds good.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

LOL!!!!...............


41 posted on 07/21/2011 1:59:21 PM PDT by Red Badger (PEAS in our time? Obama cries PEAS! PEAS! when there is no PEAS!..........................)
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To: Red Badger

Notice that he had to send this project to Dutch Researchers. He knows that Dutch Red Tape is so much less Sh-—y than our red tape. He must also believe that stoned Dutch Researchers are far smarter than their grant grabbing counterparts in the USA. Considering the public indoctrination system, he could be right.


42 posted on 07/21/2011 1:59:46 PM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Apparently too much money makes one stupid..............


43 posted on 07/21/2011 2:00:20 PM PDT by Red Badger (PEAS in our time? Obama cries PEAS! PEAS! when there is no PEAS!..........................)
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To: Red Badger

Yeah, just invent one you only have to flush once!


44 posted on 07/21/2011 2:04:01 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Red Badger

I wonder if you’ll have to “run as administrator” to get it to open?

They should let that Dyson guy design it. No telling what he would come up with.


45 posted on 07/21/2011 2:04:21 PM PDT by RedWhiteBlue
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To: Red Badger

Sounds like Gates is trying to help Zero create some ‘shovel ready’ jobs.....lol


46 posted on 07/21/2011 2:04:58 PM PDT by penelopesire (Let The Congressional Hearings Begin!)
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To: org.whodat

I remember you....The kid with the Playboy Mag in his locker...10 cents a peak if I remember. I’m the one who turned you in....you little perv...


47 posted on 07/21/2011 2:11:21 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Red Badger

Some factories have converted their boilers to burn pig manure. Burning crap to make electricity isn’t all that new.


48 posted on 07/21/2011 2:12:19 PM PDT by lwd
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Or a hole in the ground.


49 posted on 07/21/2011 2:15:57 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Sacajaweau

LOL, at least I admit it most people lie.


50 posted on 07/21/2011 2:17:57 PM PDT by org.whodat (Speaker West, name sounds good.)
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