How about some pee power for now? Researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK have tested and found effective the use of urine in energy generation. Experiments have proved the capability of urine to power daily devices such as cell phones, electric razors and toothbrushes, and also light fixtures.
Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the research was successful in converting urine into fuel with the deployment of a microbial fuel cell.
It is expected that these fuel cells can be marketed in the long run and could help homes and commercial installations supplement electricity. Going by what Loannis Leropoulous, one of the engineers on the project says, “Using urine to produce electricity is about as eco (or green and sustainable) as it gets. …This technology allows us to turn something that was viewed as waste into something that is as useful as electricity.”
Meanwhile, we are also told that urine fuel cells are being deployed to heat new office buildings in the Hague, in the Netherlands. To open in two years’ time, the building will sport waterless urinals in the men’s restrooms.
Waterless Co, a company that is into construction of waterless urinal systems, hopes to store urine from waterless urinals for conversion into fuel cells.