Scientists functioning at the University West of England (UWE) in Bristol, United kingdom, have discovered a way to power a cell phone with Human pee.
The team have been in a position to recharge a Samsung mobile by putting the liquid through a cascade of microbial fuel cells. Using this process, enough power is produced to send text messages, browse the Net and also make a quick phone call.
Based on the scientists responsible, the next stage is to fully recharge the phone with urine…Seemingly cleaning their hands immediately afterwards.
Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos has worked for ages with microbial energy cells; he’s considered a specialist in harnessing power from strange options. The possibe applications of his work are very interesting from an environmental viewpoint.
Dr. Ieropoulos said, “We’re very excited as this is a world first, no-one has harnessed energy from pee to do this so it’s an interesting finding. Using the ultimate waste product as a supply of energy to provide electrical power is about as eco as it gets.” Eco-friendly tech is, obviously, the great doctor’s main area of curiosity.
The microbial cells work as a energy converter, they take the natural substance straight into electrical energy, via the metabolism of live microbes. The electrical power is a by-product of a microorganism’s natural life phase, meaning that as they ‘eat’ the pee, they generate energy 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 mobile battery has ever been charged using this method before.
There is, nowadays, no plans to promote this tech on a large scale, but perhaps someday we could be signing a ‘P’ mobile agreement, the trick, as they are saying, might be pissistance.
PS – I’m sorry about this one. The task and its implications are instead astounding. All credit to the UWE team. However, I continuously needed to do one of those ‘And Finally’ type stories and now I finally get to. Please forgive me, one and all.
Other ways to power your mobile, Pee as you go