Scientists functioning at the University West of England (UWE) in Bristol, United kingdom, have discovered one way to recharge a cell phone with Human pee.
The company have been able to charge a Samsung phone by placing the liquid through a cascade of microbial fuel cells. With this method, enough energy may be produced to send text messages, browse the World-wide-web and even make a short telephone call.
According to the scientists in charge, the next stage is to completely recharge the device with urine…Seemingly cleaning their hands directly afterwards.
Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos has labored for ages with microbial energy cells; he is considered an expert in harnessing power from extraordinary sources. The possibe purposes of his work are very interesting from an environmental perspective.
Dr. Ieropoulos said, “We’re very excited as this is the world’s first, no-one has harnessed energy from pee to try this so it is an exciting discovery. Using the final waste product as a source of energy to produce electrical power is about as eco as it gets.” Eco-friendly tech is, seemingly, the good doctor’s main area of appeal.
The microbial cells work as the energy converter, they turn the organic matter directly into electricity, via the metabolism of live bacteria. The electricity is the by-product of a microorganism’s natural life phase, meaning that as they ‘eat’ the pee, they produce 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 phone battery has ever been charged using this method before.
You’ll notice, nowadays, no plans to promote this technology on a large scale, but perhaps someday we could be signing a ‘P’ mobile agreement, the trick, as they are saying, will be pissistance.
PS – I’m apologetic about this one. The work and its implications are astounding. All credit to the UWE team. On the other hand, I constantly needed to do one of those ‘And Finally’ type tales and now I conclusively get to. Please forgive me, one and all.