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Scientists working at the University West of England (UWE) in Bristol, United kingdom, have discovered a way to recharge a mobile phone with Human pee.
The team has been in a position to recharge a Samsung smart phone by putting the liquid through a surge of microbial fuel cells. Using this process, enough power has been produced to send text messages, browse the Web and even make a quick telephone call.
Based on the scientists in charge, the next phase is to fully recharge the device with pee...Seemingly washing their hands directly afterwards.
Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos has labored for ages with microbial fuel cells; he's considered to be a specialist in harnessing energy from unusual sources. The possibe purposes of his work are very appealing from an environmental point of view.
Dr. Ieropoulos said, "We're very excited as this is a world first, no-one has harnessed power from pee to try this so it is an exciting finding. Using the final waste product as the supply of power to produce electrical energy is almost as eco as it takes." Eco-friendly tech is, apparently, the great doctor's main area of appeal.
The microbial cells work as a energy converter, they turn the natural substance directly into electricity, via the metabolism of live bacteria. The electrical power is the by-product of the microorganism's natural life phase, meaning that as they 'eat' the pee, they generate power the energy that powers the phone. 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.
You'll notice, nowadays, no plans to market this technology on a huge scale, but perhaps someday we can be signing a 'P' mobile agreement, the trick, as they are saying, will be pissistance.
PS – I'm apologetic about this one. The task and its implications are actually astounding. All credit to the UWE team. However, I always wanted to do one to those 'And Finally' type stories and now I finally get to. Please forgive me, one and all.