Without giving too much about this technology article, but I thought it fascinating and significant to what I’m now doing.
Scientists working at the University West of England (UWE) in Bristol, United kingdom, have worked out one way to recharge a cell phone with Human urine.
The team has been able to charge a Samsung phone by placing the fluid through a cascade of microbial fuel cells. Using this process, enough power has been generated to send text messages, browse the Internet and also make a short phone call.
As outlined by the scientists in charge, the next stage is to totally recharge the device with urine…Presumably cleaning their hands directly afterwards.
Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos has worked for a long time with microbial energy cells; he is thought to be an expert in harnessing energy from unusual sources. The potential purposes of his work are very appealing from an environmental viewpoint.
Dr. Ieropoulos said, “We are very excited as this is the world’s first, no-one has harnessed energy from pee to try this so it is an interesting finding. Using the ultimate waste product as a supply of power to provide electricity is almost as eco as it gets.” Eco-friendly technology is, apparently, the great doctor’s main area of interest.
The microbial cells work as the energy converter, they turn the organic matter straight into electrical energy, via the metabolism of live microbes. The electricity is the by-product of a microorganism’s natural life cycle, meaning that as they ‘eat’ the pee, they produce power the energy that powers the phone. Now that is what we call ‘pee as you go’.
Toilet humour aside, the team have engineered a world first, as nothing as large as the mobile battery has ever been charged using this method before.
There are, at the present, no plans to market this tech on a huge scale, but perhaps someday we could be signing a ‘P’ mobile contract, the trick, as they are saying, shall be pissistance.
PS – I’m sorry about this one. The work and its implications are astounding. All credit to the UWE team. However, I always needed to do one to those ‘And Finally’ type tales and now I finally get to. Please forgive me, one and all.
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