Different ways to charge your mobile, Pee as you go   Leave a comment

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Scientists functioning 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 has been in a position to power a Samsung smart phone by putting the liquid through a surge of microbial energy cells. With this method, enough power is generated to send text messages, browse the Web and also make a quick phone call.

According to the scientists responsible, the next phase is to fully charge the phone with urine…Presumably washing their hands immediately afterwards.

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

Dr. Ieropoulos said, “We are very excited as this is the world’s first, no-one has harnessed energy from pee to try this so it’s an interesting finding. Using the ultimate waste product as a supply of power to produce electrical power is almost as eco as it gets.” Eco-friendly technology is, obviously, the good doctor’s main area of appeal.

The microbial cells work as the energy converter, they take the organic substance straight into electrical energy, via the metabolism of live microbes. The electricity is the by-product of a microorganism’s natural life phase, meaning that as they ‘eat’ the urine, they create power the energy that powers the mobile. Now that’s 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, at the present, no plans to market this tech on a huge scale, but maybe someday we could be signing a ‘P’ mobile agreement, the trick, as they say, will be pissistance.

PS – I’m sorry about this one. The task and its implications are actually amazing. All credit to the UWE team. However, I constantly wanted to do one of those ‘And Finally’ type tales and now I conclusively get to. Please forgive me, one and all.

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Posted September 9, 2014 by ferdinandpuckett in Uncategorized

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