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10/18/2013

Could the Ultimate Waste Product Produce Electricity?

 
Microbial fuel cells turn organix matter into electricity.

Scientists have developed a new way to generate enough electricity to power a mobile phone – and it’s “about as eco as you can get it,” according to Ioannis Ieropoulos, a member of the research team. That product is urine.

By harnessing the power created when urine passes through a cascade of microbial fuel cells, scientists were able to capture enough energy to charge a Samsung mobile phone. A microbial fuel cell is an energy converter, which turns organic matter directly into electricity through the metabolism of live microorganisms.

The phone had enough power to enable SMS messaging, web browsing, and to make a brief phone call.

“We are very excited as this is a world first, no one has harnessed power from urine to do this so it's an exciting discovery,” says Ieropoulos. “The concept has been tested and it works – it's now for us to develop and refine the process so that we can develop microbial fuel cells to fully charge a battery.”

How could this affect you?

Scientists believe that this technology has the future potential to be installed into bathrooms and generate sufficient electricity to power showers, lighting, or razors. The team is already bidding on funding to develop a smart toilet.

Video was created by BRL, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.

The study was conducted by UK's University of Bristol and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Gates Foundation, and the Technology Strategy Board. More information at the project can be found on the Bristol Robotics Laboratory website.

 


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09/16/2014

The USGBC and American Chemistry Council have put aside their differences to work together on new improvements to the LEED certification system. 

09/15/2014

Researchers have developed a new process to help cloud computing systems use less energy while continuing to provide high levels of data services.

09/12/2014

Researchers have found the main factors that influence the amount and type of building damage caused by various types of salts. 

09/11/2014

A new study has demonstrated that proactive ergonomic training can decrease worker discomfort and increase productivity. 

09/10/2014

The University of Utah has upgraded its historic Dumke Health Professions Education building to save an impressive 40% on energy costs.

09/09/2014

Hoping to build on LEED's success, PEER evaulates the performance and modernization of electric grids. 

09/08/2014

The USGBC has developed a new tool to help streamline the LEED certification process. 

09/05/2014

Researchers have developed a fluorescent lamp that emits Wi-Fi signals to allow connectivity throughout buildings.

09/04/2014

Tests show effective measures for reducing earthquake damage to computer servers. 

09/03/2014

Health costs drop by half as a result of environmental regulations.

09/02/2014

A new study challenges the idea that sparse workplaces produce happier, more productive employees.

08/29/2014

New tool from FEMA helps facility managers prepare for and mitigate the effects of nonstructural earthquake damage. 

08/28/2014

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08/27/2014

Researchers have developed wearable, customizable technology to handle access control at busy hotels. 

08/26/2014

A new study shows that hotels which are LEED certified bring in more revenue than their non-certified competitors. 

08/25/2014

Policies designed to reduce carbon emissions have the added benefit of increasing air quality, which could pay for the reduction policies themselves. 

08/22/2014

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a luminescent solar concentrator that is as transparent as glass. 

08/21/2014

The Department of Energy has released two reports which indicate wind turbine installations and efficiency is growing while prices drop. 

08/20/2014

The NHL has partnered with the NRDC to release their first sustainability report. 

08/19/2014

A new battery has been developed that is free of toxic materials and longer lasting than its more expensive competitors.

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