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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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10/31/2014

Report shows energy modeling as key to improving building performance

10/30/2014

Report shows healthy features and practices yield results.

10/29/2014

USGBC announces two more years to prepare for LEED v4.

10/28/2014

Current projects could replace up to 8% of the Army’s energy use.

10/27/2014

Report shows increased occupant engagement in offices with green features.

10/23/2014

Study shows seven key areas to increase worker engagement. 

10/22/2014

New rule aims to eliminate the production of HCFC refrigerants. 

10/21/2014

U.S. photovoltaic costs continue to decline.

10/20/2014

The EPA looks to help improve energy and air quality during educational facility renovations. 

10/17/2014

Agency says current regulations "don't protect worker health".

10/16/2014

Scientists have developed LED bulbs free of rare earth metals.

10/15/2014

Survey shows a decrease in employees coming to work sick.

10/14/2014

New efficiency ratings available for apartment units

10/10/2014

New code to increase commercial building efficiency.

10/09/2014

Take charge of your electricity bill with these quick tips.

10/08/2014

Illumination improvements take the top award for physics

10/07/2014

Study shows equipment improvements could boost efficiency. 

10/06/2014

New device integrates batteries into solar cell design.

10/03/2014

The switch to green products comes to healthcare facilities.

10/01/2014

Photovoltaic installations serve nearly 2.7 million students

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