“Pee As You Go?” – Pee Can Charge Cellphones, Seemingly

Without giving too much about this technology piece of writing, but I thought it exciting and significant to what I’m currently doing.

Scientists functioning at the University West of England (UWE) in Bristol, UK, have worked out one way to recharge a mobile phone with Human pee.

The company have been capable of power a Samsung phone by putting the fluid through a cascade of microbial fuel cells. With this method, enough energy has been produced to send text messages, browse the Internet and even make a short telephone call.

According to the scientists responsible, the next stage is to completely charge the device with pee…Presumably cleaning their hands directly afterwards.

Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos has worked for a very long time with microbial energy cells; he’s thought to be an expert in harnessing energy from abnormal options. The possibe applications of his work are very interesting from an environmental perspective.

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

The microbial cells work as the energy converter, they take the organic substance directly into electricity, via the metabolism of live bacteria. The electricity is the by-product of a microorganism’s natural life cycle, meaning that as they ‘eat’ the urine, they generate energy the energy that powers the mobile. Now that’s what we call ‘pee as you go’.

Toilet 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.

There is, nowadays, no plans to market this technology on a large scale, but maybe someday we could be signing a ‘P’ mobile agreement, the trick, as they are saying, will be pissistance.

PS – I’m sorry about this one. The work and its implications are astonishing. All credit to the UWE team. Though, I continuously wanted to do one to those ‘And Finally’ type tales and now I conclusively get to. Please forgive me, one and all.

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