A team of researchers from the the University of the West of England and University of Bristol has come up with a way to power mobile phones using urine.
The researchers used urine to charge a cascade of microbial fuel cells and managed to charge an unspecified Samsung phone in the process.
“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,” Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos said. “Using the ultimate waste product as a source of power to produce electricity is about as eco as it gets. One product that we can be sure of an unending supply is our own urine.”
The technology is not ready to go mainstream.
It generates just enough power to send a few texts or make a short voice call. It works as a proof of concept, and researchers hope they could one day come up with a way to use it in bathrooms, to power other electric appliances.
We must admit we love the future – where one day pubs could become some sort of disgusting alternative to wind farms.