Feeds

Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled

Now the sun actually does shine where the sun doesn't shine

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Bill Gates' Microsoft gigawealth giveaway charity has already conferred many benefits on a suffering humanity*: today we learn of yet another, as boffins reveal a magnificent waterless solar raygun portaloo which uses focused sunbeams to incinerate human excrement and turn it into a miracle charcoal style substance with many different uses.

Credit: University of Colorado

Don't worry about running out of charcoal for the barbie when you've got one of these

“It is a really cool research project and a great team,” enthuses engineering student Elizabeth Travis, one of those who have contributed to the "Sol-Char" blaster-throne project. “Everyone is very creative, patient and supportive, and there is a lot of innovation. It is exciting to learn from all of the team members.”

Birthed by the Bill and Melinda Gates charitable foundation's “Reinvent the Toilet Challenge”, the Sol-Char eschews the water-guzzling methods employed in the lavatories favoured by wealthy Westerners. It's meant for users in hot equatorial areas where water is scarce and so, sadly, is proper sanitation in many cases.

Rather than a watery pan, then, a Sol-Char user deposits his or her offerings into a "reaction chamber". Then, eight mighty parabolic mirrors focus the rays of the tropical sun down onto a "postage stamp" sized collector where the blazing combined beams are fed into fibre optic cables. These then blast the ravening photons into the chamber, achieving power output of 700 watts - comparable to that of a microwave oven - and heating the offerings up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit.

This zapping treatment swiftly converts the chamber's smelly, unhealthy contents into a wholesome, well-nigh miraculous poo-based charcoal substance known as "biochar".

Biochar is splendid stuff, it seems.

“It has good water holding capacity and it can be used in agricultural areas to hold in nutrients and bring more stability to the soils," enthuses poo-blaster project chief Professor Karl Linden.

And if your crops are actually OK as they are, the handy bottomnal briquettes have many other uses. They can, for instance, be burned in one's barbeque - apparently they'll cook the prawns just as well as ordinary charcoal would. Or the miracle poo product can be returned to the soil in such a way as to remain stable, so functioning as a mechanism by which carbon is removed from the atmosphere.

Linden's solar blaster portaloo is now on its way to a grand unveiling in India, where it and no fewer than sixteen other Gates-funded high technology thrones from all around the world will be exhibited for consideration by "scientists, engineers and dignitaries".

The process of developing the solar blaster lavatory has involved a lot of hard work and, no doubt, a lot of testing.

“The great thing about the Gates Foundation is that they provide all of the teams with the resources they need” for this, says Linden.

You can read more on the amazing blaster-commode here, courtesy of the University of Colorado where Linden and his team are based. ®

*For instance the mosquito-blasting antimalaria laser cannon and the liquid gel stealth condom.

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!
Spanish launch goes titsup, we're off to the US of A
Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies
Gummy pterosaurs outlived toothy competitors
'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race
ELMOFO rakes in two wins in sanctioned race
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap
Curiosity finds new drilling target after course correction
Astronomers scramble for obs on new comet
Amateur gets fifth confirmed discovery
Boffins build CYBORG-MOTHRA but not for evil: For search & rescue
This tiny bio-bot will chew through your clothes then save your life
Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run
Still in one piece, but we're going to need MORE POWER
What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this
Sorry, Harvard, did you say kilobots or KILLER BOTS?
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.