The South Korean tech giant held a closing ceremony at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), its research and development arm, in Suwon, south of Seoul, for the Reinvent the Toilet (RT) project that it participated in for the past three years at the request of the foundation.
SAIT recently finished the development of core technologies for the toilet and developed a prototype for household use, the company said, adding that the toilet is “energy-efficient with effluent treatment capability,” reports Yonhap news agency.
Prototype Toilet for the Poor
The RT Challenge started in 2011 by the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene programme under the Gates foundation to “generate innovative solutions that can protect people and communities from human waste-borne pathogens and enable governments to deliver truly inclusive sanitation services that reach the poorest communities,” according to the foundation’s website.
Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong shared the project results with Bill Gates when Gates visited Seoul last month, according to Samsung.
At the meeting, Lee vowed to continue using Samsung’s technologies to “help address the challenges facing humanity,” the company said.
Since the tech giant set up a task force for the project at SAIT in 2018, Lee has been deeply involved and shown great interest in the project. Lee and Gates have been in close contact to keep each other updated on the project, Samsung said.