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Gates Foundation awards Israeli company

July 27, 2012
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BROOKLYN, NY — The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation continues to move forward with its "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge," and has awarded $110,000 to an Israeli company which has built a toilet that doesn’t require water and leaves no waste, according to The Algemeiner.

The toilet was invented by Oded Shoseyov of Hebrew University, and was based on an idea from Oded Halperin, one of the founders of the Israeli firm Paulee CleanTec, the article stated.

"For the solid waste, which also can include toilet paper, we are mixing it with our chemical formula for not more than 30 seconds and it will turn immediately into odorless, sterile fertilizer. The fertilizer will automatically be dropped into a removable canister where it can be collected from time to time and then be used for field and/or home crops," said Halperin.

"Just to back up the energy source, we will also use a small solar panel on the roof. There''s no need for any sewerage or electricity infrastructures or connections. No need for water to flush. No special maintenance — the chemicals can be put in its dispenser once a month, and the cost of one use is only a few cents," Halperin added.

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