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

For years people have been telling me that family, love and happiness are the most important things in life…At present I realise that I can take or leave all that as long as I have this technology in the world.

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

The team has been capable of recharge a Samsung smart phone by placing the liquid through a surge of microbial fuel cells. With this process, enough power has been generated to send text messages, browse the Net and also make a brief telephone call.

Based on the scientists in charge, the next phase is to totally charge the phone with pee…Presumably cleaning their hands directly afterwards.

Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos has labored for a long time with microbial fuel cells; he’s considered an expert in harnessing power from extraordinary options. The possibe applications of his work are very appealing from an environmental point of view.

Dr. Ieropoulos said, “We’re very excited as this is a world first, no-one has harnessed energy from pee to try this so it is an exciting discovery. Using the final waste product as a source of energy to produce electrical power is almost as eco as it takes.” Eco-friendly tech is, apparently, the good doctor’s main area of curiosity.

The microbial cells work as a energy converter, they turn the natural substance straight into electrical energy, via the metabolism of live bacteria. The electricity is the by-product of the microorganism’s natural life phase, meaning that as they ‘eat’ the urine, they create 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 a mobile battery has ever been charged using this process before.

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

PS – I’m apologetic about this one. The task and its implications are actually astonishing. All credit to the UWE team. However, I continuously needed to do one of those ‘And Finally’ type stories and now I conclusively get to. Please forgive me, one and all.

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