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“Pee As You Go?” – Urine Can Recharge Smart phones, Apparently

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Scientists working at the University West of England (UWE) in Bristol, UK, have worked out a way to power a mobile phone with Human urine.

The company have been in a position to recharge a Samsung mobile by placing the liquid through a surge of microbial energy cells. Using this process, enough energy is produced to send text messages, browse the Web and even make a brief phone call.

As outlined by the scientists responsible, the next phase is to completely charge the phone with pee…Presumably cleaning their hands straight afterwards.

Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos has labored for a very long time with microbial energy cells; he’s considered a specialist in harnessing energy from extraordinary options. The potential applications of his work are very attractive from an environmental point of view.

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

The microbial cells work as a energy converter, they turn the natural matter directly 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 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 mobile battery has ever been charged using this method before.

There is, at present, no plans to promote this technology on a large scale, but perhaps someday we can be signing a ‘P’ mobile contract, the trick, as they are saying, might be pissistance.

PS – I’m apologetic about this one. The task and its implications are actually astonishing. All credit to the UWE team. Though, I constantly 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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