January 7, 2015
If you’re someone who needs to see to believe, then this video is for you. Bill Gates recently visited a project funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation called the Omniprocessor, where they take waste and turn it into drinking water and electricity.
Waste contaminates drinking water for millions of people, which causes diseases and kills some 700,000 children every year. The solution came from Janicki Bioenergy, an engineering firm based north of Seattle.
“Our goal is to make the processors cheap enough that entrepreneurs in low- and middle-income countries will want to invest in them and then start profitable waste-treatment businesses,” explains Gates in his blog.
Right about now, two questions may come to mind: A) Don’t modern sewage plants already incinerate waste? and, B) It must smell like s%*t!
Well, it turns out that most waste is burned using fuel, which can be costly in third-world countries. So most of it goes into inconvenient places like rivers or wastelands. As for the smell, the machine runs at such a high temperature (1000 degrees Celsius) so there’s no smell and meets all the emissions standards set by the U.S. government. And now for the taste.
Watch how Gates downs a glass of water produced by the Omniprocessor:
This week with CES, we’ve been so caught up with innovations to solve First World problems, so it’s nice to showcase a solution that targets developing countries and creates a greener and more sustainable planet.
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