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Can urine charge a cell phone ?

Posted on Saturday, 20 July, 2013 | Comment icon 17 comments | News tip by: ozman

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It may soon be possible to charge up a mobile device using a urine powered electricity generator.

The bizarre concept stems from research being conducted at the University of Bristol in England. Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos has succeeded in generating enough power from urine to charge up a regular phone so that it can make calls, sends texts and browse the web. The system works by passing the urine through microbial fuel cells in which it is metabolized by microorganisms and turned in to electricity.

"We are very excited as this is a world first," said Dr. Ieropoulos. "No one has harnessed power from urine to do this so itís an exciting discovery. Using the ultimate waste product as a source of power to produce electricity is about as eco as it gets."

"An added benefit, according to the scientists, is that whatís left of the urine is purified and can be released into the environment without having to go through a waste treatment plant."

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Comment icon #8 Posted by Timonthy on 20 July, 2013, 22:10
1. English people are weird. 2. Will we have to be dehydrated for this to work? Eg. there's not a lot of useful stuff in hydrated urine. 3. There are enough dirty people around who don't wash their hands now. This won't help.
Comment icon #9 Posted by shrooma on 20 July, 2013, 22:19
. (see No1) :-)
Comment icon #10 Posted by Asadora on 20 July, 2013, 22:57
....oh... just had a thought.... One could pee on their phone, the phone takes a sample and analyzes it before emailing the data results to the person's employer for a monthly drug test. Even creepier if the phone reminded you on the day by saying, 'It's time for your drug test.' Ponderous.
Comment icon #11 Posted by lightly on 21 July, 2013, 0:16
Guys with bladder control issues will be able to charge their phones in their pant's pockets!
Comment icon #12 Posted by mattyt81 on 21 July, 2013, 3:04
they need to find a way to use this to power cars too. that way when you need to pull over on the side of the road to drain the lizard you can boost the car battery too
Comment icon #13 Posted by ancient astronaut on 21 July, 2013, 20:12
So if they are doing this with #1 I wonder what they are doing with #2???? Just saying.
Comment icon #14 Posted by danielost on 21 July, 2013, 20:48
Not too many ladies have posted on this thread. I woner why.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Sundew on 23 July, 2013, 11:31
So will you have to keep an infant handy as a secondary charger?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Timonthy on 24 July, 2013, 11:54
Or an incontinent adult. More charge there I believe. Would take up more space than an infant though...

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