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

What is your favorite feature of this technological advancement? Personally, I like the design job – It is cooler than an Inuit’s underpants!

Scientists functioning at the University West of England (UWE) in Bristol, UK, have figured out one way to power a cell phone with Human urine.

The company have been able to charge a Samsung phone by putting the liquid through a surge of microbial fuel cells. Using this method, enough power may be produced to send text messages, browse the Net and even make a quick telephone call.

According to the scientists in charge, the next phase is to totally charge the device with pee…I assume washing their hands straight afterwards.

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

Dr. Ieropoulos said, “We’re very excited as this is a world first, no-one has harnessed energy from urine to try this so it is an exciting discovery. Using the final waste product as a source of power to produce electrical energy is about as eco as it takes.” Eco-friendly tech is, seemingly, the good doctor’s main area of interest.

The microbial cells work as the energy converter, they take the organic matter directly into electrical energy, via the metabolism of live microorganisms. The electricity is a by-product of a microorganism’s natural life cycle, meaning that as they ‘eat’ the pee, they create energy 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 a phone battery has ever been charged using this method before.

There is, nowadays, no plans to market this tech on a sizable scale, but perhaps someday we could be signing a ‘P’ mobile contract, the trick, as they say, shall be pissistance.

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

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