For years people have been telling me that relations, love and happiness are the crucial things in life…These days I realise that I can take or leave all that as long as I have this technology in the world.
Scientists working at the University West of England (UWE) in Bristol, UK, have worked out one way to power a cell phone with Human pee.
The company have been in a position to recharge a Samsung phone by placing the fluid through a surge of microbial energy cells. Using this method, enough energy is produced to send text messages, browse the Web and even make a brief phone call.
According to the scientists responsible, the next stage is to totally recharge the device with urine…I assume washing their hands directly afterwards.
Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos has labored for ages with microbial fuel cells; he is considered a specialist in harnessing power from extraordinary sources. The possibe applications of his work are very attractive from an environmental perspective.
Dr. Ieropoulos said, “We are very excited as this is a world first, no-one has harnessed power from pee to do this so it is an exciting discovery. Using the ultimate waste product as a supply of energy to provide electrical energy is about as eco as it takes.” Eco-friendly technology is, seemingly, the great doctor’s main area of interest.
The microbial cells work as an energy converter, they turn the organic substance 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 generate power the energy that powers the mobile. Now that is what we call ‘pee as you go’.
Bathroom humour aside, the team have engineered a world first, as nothing as large as a phone battery has ever been charged using this method before.
There is, at the present, no plans to market this tech on a sizable scale, but maybe someday we could be signing a ‘P’ mobile contract, the trick, as they say, might be pissistance.
PS – I’m apologetic about this one. The task and its implications are instead astounding. All credit to the UWE team. On the other hand, I constantly wanted to do one of those ‘And Finally’ type tales and now I finally get to. Please forgive me, one and all.