To reimagine the home toilet, Samsung is collaborating with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The business revealed on Thursday that it has finished a project in response to the 2011 Foundations Reinvent the Toilet Challenge. The Korean powerhouse has created a toilet technology prototype that is secure for use in homes.
Samsung’s research and development division, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), reportedly started working on this project in 2019. The design of the items was developed by SAIT over the course of the last three years using core technologies and modular technology. Samsung has successfully tested this prototype, which is the result of recent efforts.
The Samsung redesigned toilet is effluent treatment capable and boasts energy efficiency. It also covers technologies for heat treatment and bioprocessing. This is done to render the discharged effluent and solids safe for environmental disposal by killing pathogens from human waste. The device dries and burns the solid waste into ashes after dehydrating it. Waste liquids can be completely recycled after being treated by a biological purification process.
Advertisement Samsung will make the updated toilet technology royalty-free available. 3.6 billion people worldwide do not currently have access to appropriate sanitation facilities, according to the WHO (World Health Organization) and UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund). They only have a limited supply of clean water and toilets. Due to diarrheal infections, this causes half a million children under the age of five to pass away every year.
In order to solve this issue, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation introduced the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge in 2011. The project sought to create innovative toilet technologies for those with insufficient access to sanitary services. The performance standards set by the Foundation for Household Commercialization are met by Samsung’s new toilet prototype.
Yesterday, the business staged a celebration at SAIT in Suwon, Korea, to declare this project finished. A number of senior executives from both parties, including Sun Kim, Senior Program Officer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gyoyoung Jin, Head of SAIT, attended the event. Recently, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Foundation, also got to know Jay Y. Lee, vice chairman of Samsung, who just had his prison term commuted by the president. They talked about numerous projects and efforts that are now being made to address the issues that face humanity.
Advertisement During the commercialization phase, according to Samsung, underdeveloped nations will be given royalty-free access to patents relating to this reimagined toilet. The business is still enhancing its design to increase efficiency. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will subsequently be consulted in order to find business partners for the items’ mass manufacture.