If Steve Jobs were alive today he would have to applaud his old buddy Bill Gates for a cool public relations photo over a cold glass of water.
Gates has donated Billions of dollars to third world health initiatives. His contributions to vaccines, healthcare and education has saved millions of lives.
Diseases are a major issue in the developing world is sanitation. Over population and improper sanitation kills millions of people every year - 700,000 of these are children. 40% of the worlds population relieve themselves in the open or have improper sanitation, and the waste of another 2 billion isn't properly disposed of.
Gates has gotten behind inventor/designer Peter Janicki in an attempt to solve that problem. The result is the OmniProcessor which can convert fecal matter into clean water and electricity! Gates is so serious in his belief in the project that he demonstrated the success of the machine by drinking a glass of water it produced.
"The water tasted as good as any I’ve had out of a bottle. … I would happily drink it every day. It’s that safe," he bragged.
The OmniProcessor carries out thee function. According to Wired it is "a steam power plant, an incinerator, and a water filtration system," The size of two school buses, the machine processes waste from 100,000 people. A steam engine dries out raw sewage and boils sludge to separate solid waste from water. An incinerator then burns the solids to create steam that drives the engine and generates its own electricity. Meanwhile, the water vapor emitted by the sludge dryer is filtered and condensed back into water.
Each one cost about $1.5 million and have the potential to provide a much higher quality of life for millions of people.The first one expected to go online in Senegal late this year.