Scientists working at the University West of England (UWE) in Bristol, UK, have figured out a way to recharge a cell phone with Human pee.
The company has been capable of recharge a Samsung mobile by placing the fluid through a surge of microbial fuel cells. Using this process, enough energy is generated to send text messages, browse the Net and even make a brief telephone call.
Based on the scientists in charge, the next stage is to totally charge the phone with pee…I assume washing their hands immediately afterwards.
Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos has worked for a very long time with microbial fuel cells; he’s believed to be a guru in harnessing power from strange sources. The possibe purposes of his work are very interesting from an environmental point of view.
Dr. Ieropoulos said, “We are very excited as this is a world first, no-one has harnessed energy from urine to do this so it’s an exciting discovery. Using the ultimate waste product as a source of energy to provide electrical energy is almost as eco as it takes.” Eco-friendly technology is, apparently, the good doctor’s main area of curiosity.
The microbial cells work as the energy converter, they turn the natural substance directly into electrical energy, via the metabolism of live bacteria. The electricity is the by-product of the microorganism’s natural life cycle, meaning that as they ‘eat’ the urine, they create 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 process before.
There is, at the present, no plans to market this tech on a large scale, but maybe someday we could be signing a ‘P’ mobile agreement, the trick, as they say, shall be pissistance.
PS – I’m apologetic about this one. The work and its implications are instead astonishing. All credit to the UWE team. Though, I continuously wanted to do one of those ‘And Finally’ type stories and now I conclusively get to. Please forgive me, one and all.