DENVER — Colorado State University engineers have joined a national research consortium with the goal of creating "flushless," power-generating toilet for developing countries, according to the Denver Post.
Ideally, the goal of the group is to design a toilet that can disinfect liquid waste, dry and burn solid waste and convert the resulting combustion energy into stored electricity.
On Tuesday, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded the research group $1.3, and the University of Colorado also received a $780,000 grant for a solar toilet, which would use concentrated solar rays to dry and disinfect waste to be used as fuel.
"The CSU toilet would process the waste and use it to generate electricity," said said Morgan DeFoot, co-director of the CSU Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory.
"Four out of 10 people worldwide don't have a safe, reliable means to dispose of their waste — and the infrastructure doesn't exist to treat that waste like we do in the developed world," DeFoot added.