Scientists working at the University West of England (UWE) in Bristol, United kingdom, have found out a way to power a mobile phone with Human urine.
The company have been able to charge a Samsung phone by putting the fluid through a surge of microbial fuel cells. With this process, enough power has been produced to send text messages, browse the Web and also make a quick telephone call.
Based on the scientists in charge, the next step is to completely recharge the device with urine…Presumably washing their hands directly afterwards.
Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos has labored for ages with microbial fuel cells; he’s considered to be a guru in harnessing energy from abnormal options. The potential purposes of his work are very attractive from an environmental point of view.
Dr. Ieropoulos said, “We’re very excited as this is the world’s first, no-one has harnessed energy from pee to try this so it’s an interesting discovery. Using the ultimate waste product as the source of power to produce electricity is about as eco as it gets.” Eco-friendly tech is, obviously, the great doctor’s main area of interest.
The microbial cells work as a energy converter, they take the natural matter straight into electrical energy, via the metabolism of live microorganisms. The electrical power is the by-product of the microorganism’s natural life cycle, meaning that as they ‘eat’ the urine, 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 a phone battery has ever been charged using this method before.
You’ll notice, at the present, no plans to promote this tech on a large scale, but maybe someday we can be signing a ‘P’ mobile contract, the trick, as they are saying, might be pissistance.
PS – I’m sorry about this one. The work and its implications are astonishing. All credit to the UWE team. Though, I constantly wanted to do one of those ‘And Finally’ type tales and now I conclusively get to. Please forgive me, one and all.
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