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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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09/29/2014

Academic achievement tied to responsible reporting habits

09/26/2014

Survey shows people more careful, less satisfied in public washrooms.

09/25/2014

A new study shows that switching natural gas for coal will not significantly reduce the amount of CO2 emissions being produced. 

09/24/2014

A new study shows the carbon emission reduction policies individual states have adopted are yielding results.

09/23/2014

A recent survey of industry professionals indicates that investment in energy efficiency projects will increase over the next year.

09/22/2014

Fort Carson in Colorado is well on its way to reaching the goal of net-zero energy by 2020. 

09/19/2014

New regulations from the DOE would improve commercial air conditioner efficiency by as much as 30%. 

09/18/2014

A new study suggests that the installed cost of photovoltaic solar power continues to drop in the U.S.

09/17/2014

A new technology developed at Rice University effectively deices glass surfaces while remaining transparent for radio frequency transmission.

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.

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