Now instead of spurting your urine as a waste, you must consider to store it, so that you can charge your mobile phone from this abundant ‘waste’.
The Researchers at Bristol University have developed a way to charge mobile phones from urine. They have tested the prototype and it was able to generate enough electricity to charge a mobile phone.
How it works
The scientists were able to convert the chemical energy present in urine to the corresponding electrical energy. For this they developed a microbial fuel cell (MFC). In a MFC a bacteria is grown on carbon fibre anodes, inserted inside ceramic cylinders. The bacteria present inside then breaks down the sugar components and other chemicals present in the urine, when introduced through the cylinders. As a result the electrons are produced as a result of the corresponding chemical reaction. This flow of electrons produces a small amount of electricity inside the fuel cell.
The researchers depicted that with the power generated inside the MFC, they were able to send texts and surf the internet and make a brief phone call. This idea can be extended to produce electricity on a large scale enough to run the appliances in a bathroom.
The researchers notified that this prototype is economical and can be used by almost every section of the people. This will greatly reduce the pressure on the existing natural resources to produce electricity to some extent. The major advantage of this model is that urine is an abundant source, so there is no anxiety of its depletion or something.
Another important advantage is that we are not relying on sources such as wind or sun, for which we have to depend on the climate and weather conditions.
The researchers are currently working on this model to make it realistic and usable for the people so that it can be used for domestic purposes.
Since the natural resources like coal, petroleum, natural gas, are on the verge of extinction, so the researchers all over the world are working to develop or discover alternate energy sources which can be used to cover future prospects of producing energy.
In this context such prototypes are extremely important for enabling and attaining the conservation of resources so that they can be reserved for our upcoming generation.