Scientists from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory claim to have a “world first” in renewable energy sources, the power of urine.
Dr Ioannis Ieropoulos and his team have proven a technology which allows them to charge a Samsung mobile phone using the power of human waste, something in unlimited supply.
“One product that we can be sure of an unending supply is our own urine,” he said.
“By harnessing this power as urine passes through a cascade of microbial fuel cells (MFCs), we have managed to charge a Samsung mobile phone.”
“The beauty of this fuel source is that we are not relying on the erratic nature of the wind or the sun, we are actually re-using waste to create energy.
Speaking more following the successful test eh went on to say:
“So far the microbial fuel power stack that we have developed generates enough power to enable SMS messaging, web browsing and to make a brief phone call.
“Making a call on a mobile phone takes up the most energy, but we will get to the place where we can charge a battery for longer periods.
“The concept has been tested and it works – it’s now for us to develop and refine the process so that we can develop MFCs to fully charge a battery.”
As government leaders around the world seek to reduce our carbon footprint it’s great to hear about technologies that are truly looking outside the box.
One day we could see all of our own produced waste being recycled to produce the power we use in our homes.
For more information on this story check out the Bristol Robotics Labs website.