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Scientists were able to generate electricity with feces

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At the show held in New Delhi could see a system that generates electricity with feces, other than load cell with urine and a system that converts coal waste

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored the fair held in India with the challenge of reinventing the traditional toilet and achieve the goal: to process human waste, using the minimum amount of water and electricity and create low-cost products. The slogans needed to improve public health, fighting poverty, water scarcity and urban growth, had good results. Proudly a system that generates electricity with feces, urine other than charging cell phones and other converting waste into charcoal for cooking was exposed.

The designs were exhibited at the toilets Fair go far beyond the traditional stool disposal and can generate things like electricity, fertilizer and fuel.

The designs were funded by the Gates Foundation and are in various stages of development, although all were not created as part of the challenge of the Foundation.

Some toilets are folding and can be moved easily to disaster areas, slums or events such as music festivals and big shows.

A Washington company, Janicki Industries, designed a power plant that runs on human waste and produce 150 kilowatts of electricity, enough for thousands of homes.

The West of England University in Bristol showed a fuel cell that runs on urine to charge mobile phones.

Another team from the University of Colorado at Boulder provided a system that concentrates solar energy through fiber optic cables human waste to heat about 300 degrees Celsius. In addition to killing pathogens, the process creates a similar charcoal called biochar that can be used as fuel for cooking and fertilizer product.

Two thousand five hundred million people worldwide do not have access to modern health services. In addition, the World Bank estimates that the overall cost of poor sanitation is 260,000 million, including loss of life, missing work, medical bills and other related factors. At the show held in New Delhi could see a system that generates electricity with feces, other than load cell with urine and a system that converts coal waste.

Traslation: Belén Zapata