Scientists working at the University West of England (UWE) in Bristol, United kingdom, have worked out one way to power a cell phone with Human urine.
The team have been in a position to recharge a Samsung smart phone by putting the liquid through a surge of microbial energy cells. Using this process, enough power has been produced to send text messages, browse the Web and also make a short phone call.
As outlined by the scientists in charge, the next stage is to completely charge the device with pee…I assume cleaning their hands straight afterwards.
Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos has labored for ages with microbial energy cells; he is considered a guru in harnessing energy from strange options. The possibe applications of his work are very interesting 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 try this so it is an interesting finding. Using the ultimate waste product as the supply of energy to produce electrical power is roughly as eco as it takes.” Eco-friendly tech is, obviously, the good doctor’s main area of interest.
The microbial cells work as an energy converter, they turn the organic substance straight into electricity, via the metabolism of live microorganisms. The electricity is a by-product of a 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’.
Bathroom 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.
You’ll notice, 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 sorry about this one. The task and its implications are amazing. All credit to the UWE team. On the other hand, I continuously needed to do one to those ‘And Finally’ type tales and now I finally get to. Please forgive me, one and all.
Alternative ways to power your mobile, Pee as you go