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Poo power celebrated as solar toilet wins sanitation prize | guardian.co.uk

A solar powered toilet that breaks down water and human waste into hydrogen gas for use in fuel cells has won first prize in a competition for next-generation toilets to improve sanitation in the developing world.

A solar powered toilet designed by the California Institute of Technology for the Reinvent the Toilet challenge. Photograph: Michael Hanson/Gates Foundation

A solar powered toilet designed by the California Institute of Technology for the Reinvent the Toilet challenge. Photograph: Michael Hanson/Gates Foundation

 

The California Institute of Technology in the US received the $100,000 (£64,000) first prize for its design. Loughborough University in the UK took the $60,000 second prize for a toilet that produces biological charcoal, minerals and clean water, and Canada’s University of Toronto came third, winning $40,000 for a toilet that sanitises faeces and urine, and recovers resources and clean water.

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