“Pee As You Go?” – Urine Can Recharge Mobile Phones, In fact

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audioScientists functioning at the University West of England (UWE) in Bristol, UK, have found out one way to recharge a mobile phone with Human urine.

The team has been able to charge a Samsung smart phone by putting the fluid through a cascade of microbial fuel cells. Using this method, enough energy has been produced to send text messages, browse the Internet and also make a short phone call.

As outlined by the scientists responsible, the next stage is to totally charge the phone with urine…I assume washing their hands directly afterwards.

Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos has worked for ages with microbial fuel cells; he is considered a specialist in harnessing power from strange options. The possibe applications of his work are very interesting from an environmental perspective.

Dr. Ieropoulos said, “We’re very excited as this is the world’s first, no-one has harnessed energy from urine to try this so it’s an exciting finding. Using the ultimate waste product as the source of power to provide electricity is about as eco as it takes.” Eco-friendly tech is, obviously, the great doctor’s main area of curiosity.

The microbial cells work as an energy converter, they turn the natural matter straight into electricity, via the metabolism of live bacteria. The electricity is a by-product of the microorganism’s natural life phase, meaning that as they ‘eat’ the urine, they generate power the energy that powers the phone. Now that’s what we call ‘pee as you go’.

Toilet humour aside, the team have engineered a world first, as nothing as large as a mobile battery has ever been charged using this method before.

There is, at present, no plans to promote this tech on a huge scale, but maybe someday we can be signing a ‘P’ mobile contract, the trick, as they are saying, shall be pissistance.

PS – I’m sorry about this one. The task and its implications are actually astounding. All credit to the UWE team. However, I always wanted to do one to those ‘And Finally’ type stories and now I finally get to. Please forgive me, one and all.

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