Urine Power: Converting Pee in to Electricity
A British University is testing a commode which will turn urine in to electricity, a development which has many immediate benefits, especially in third world communities and refugee camps around the world. The prototype urinal is the result of a partnership between researchers at University of the West of England Bristol and Oxfam. This is the same team of researches who in 2013 proved that urine could power a cellphone.
How does it work? According to the head of the research team, Professor Ioannis Ieropoulos:
“The microbial fuel cells work by employing live microbes which feed on urine (fuel) for their own growth and maintenance. The MFC is in effect a system which taps a portion of that biochemical energy used for microbial growth, and converts that directly into electricity — what we are calling urine-tricity or pee power. This technology is about as green as it gets, as we do not need to utilize fossil fuels and we are effectively using a waste product that will be in plentiful supply.”