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Scientists power mobile phone using urine
Phys.Org ^ | July 16, 2013 | Staff

Posted on 07/29/2013 11:03:08 AM PDT by Red Badger

British scientists on Tuesday reported they had harnessed the power of urine and were able to charge a mobile phone with enough electricity to send texts and surf the internet. Researchers from the University of Bristol and Bristol Robotics Laboratory in south west England said they had created a fuel cell that uses bacteria to break down urine to generate electricity, in a study published in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.

"No one has harnessed power from urine to do this so it's an exciting discovery," said engineer Ioannis Ieropoulos.

"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 reusing waste to create energy.

"One product that we can be sure of an unending supply is our own urine," he added.

The team grew bacteria on carbon fibre anodes and placed them inside ceramic cylinders.

The bacteria broke down chemicals in urine passed through the cylinders, building up a small amount of electrical charge which was stored on a capacitor.

Ieropoulos hoped that the cell, which is currently the size of a car battery, could be developed for many applications.

"Our aim is to have something that can be carried around easily," he explained.

"So far the microbial fuel power stack (MFC) that we have developed generates enough power to enable SMS messaging, web browsing and to make a brief phone call.

"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."

They hope the technology will eventually be used to power domestic devices.

Mobile phones are displayed on May 20, 2013. British scientists on Tuesday reported they had harnessed the power of urine and were able to charge a mobile phone with enough electricity to send texts and surf the Internet.


TOPICS: Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: battery; cellphone; electricity; iphone; microbialfuelcell; microbialfuelcells; urine
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Honest, officer, I was just recharging my iPhone!........
1 posted on 07/29/2013 11:03:09 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Urine for a big surprise.


2 posted on 07/29/2013 11:03:39 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Red Badger

Pair it with a Bluetooth headset, and you’ll never have to take it out of your pocket.


3 posted on 07/29/2013 11:04:14 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("...Someone handed the keys to the Forum to the OPC and its sympathizers...")
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To: dfwgator

Well, maybe Weiner will have his phone fully charged at all times.......


4 posted on 07/29/2013 11:04:52 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger

So it’s powered by beer?


5 posted on 07/29/2013 11:05:17 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Are you happy to see me or are you just recharging your phone?.......


6 posted on 07/29/2013 11:05:38 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger

ObamaPhones for the peons...


7 posted on 07/29/2013 11:05:51 AM PDT by null and void (You don't know what "cutting edge" means till you insult Mohammed.)
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To: Pan_Yan

minus the alcohol.......


8 posted on 07/29/2013 11:06:04 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger

Next year’s model chevy volt will feature a urinal.


9 posted on 07/29/2013 11:06:33 AM PDT by posterchild
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To: null and void

Obamaphones for the messes............


10 posted on 07/29/2013 11:06:39 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger

“Watson, I PISS ON YOU!”


11 posted on 07/29/2013 11:06:55 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Red Badger

Planning for Britain’s future after the Islamist takeover?


12 posted on 07/29/2013 11:07:02 AM PDT by Truth29
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Customer: My phone won’t fully charge.

Customer Service: Your plug-in is not long enough to fully charge this unit.


13 posted on 07/29/2013 11:07:11 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: posterchild

To put out the fire?.......


14 posted on 07/29/2013 11:07:15 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger

P-Mobile?


15 posted on 07/29/2013 11:07:15 AM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be what you might have been.)
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To: Red Badger

Maybe a Vikings player can pair it with a Whizzinator and make a celebrity sports endorsement.


16 posted on 07/29/2013 11:07:23 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: dfwgator

make sure you wash your hands after using your mobile phone


17 posted on 07/29/2013 11:07:24 AM PDT by molson209
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Customer Service: Your plug-in is not long enough to fully charge this unit., Mr. Weiner.......
18 posted on 07/29/2013 11:08:15 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Sender

+1


19 posted on 07/29/2013 11:08:34 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: Red Badger

20 posted on 07/29/2013 11:08:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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Wee! Now I can make a bunch of phone calls in the middle of the night!


21 posted on 07/29/2013 11:12:35 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Red Badger

How much will the reactants cost, ot6her than the urine that is...

Hidden costs, the bane of all utopian schemes


22 posted on 07/29/2013 11:13:21 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Red Badger
Yeah, and people think I drink all this beer for my own enjoyment. Well, it isn't true. I'M SOLVING THE ENERGY CRISIS, DANG IT!! Now pass me the bottle opener.
23 posted on 07/29/2013 11:14:57 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Red Badger

What a load of hogwash.

They’re just peeing in our ear.


24 posted on 07/29/2013 11:15:40 AM PDT by moovova (Sell everything, folks. Be poised to run.)
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To: Red Badger
Introducing the iPiss - now you can recharge and take lewd pictures at the same time.

25 posted on 07/29/2013 11:22:00 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: BitWielder1

The Anthony Weiner Special Edition.....The iPutz.......


26 posted on 07/29/2013 11:23:43 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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Typical, scientists pissing away tax money as the economy crashes.


27 posted on 07/29/2013 11:23:51 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Red Badger

Behold, the power of pee...


28 posted on 07/29/2013 11:24:07 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Red Badger

It’s not true! I dropped my phone in the toilet...and it didn’t get recharged. :)


29 posted on 07/29/2013 11:27:10 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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I bet it got replaced.......


30 posted on 07/29/2013 11:30:19 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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This technology has been around for eons...

31 posted on 07/29/2013 11:30:53 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Red Badger

Yeah. Rice didn’t work...


32 posted on 07/29/2013 11:32:01 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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""No one has harnessed power from urine to do this so it's an exciting discovery," said engineer Ioannis Ieropoulos. "

BS. This is actually very old technology, just in a new wrapper. And it won't be any more successful than it was 70 years ago

33 posted on 07/29/2013 11:34:01 AM PDT by LegendHasIt
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You’re not supposed to cook the rice...........


34 posted on 07/29/2013 11:34:01 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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Scientists power mobile phone using urine

0bamaphones are powered by BullSh*t.

35 posted on 07/29/2013 11:35:24 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (A Quiet Rage is Building All Across America!)
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Don’t give these phones to young boys. Have you seen the walls and floor around urinals? These phones should come with a mop.


36 posted on 07/29/2013 11:36:37 AM PDT by roadcat
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"Ieropoulos hoped that the cell, which is currently the size of a car battery, could be developed for many applications.

"Our aim is to have something that can be carried around easily," he explained."

This is very promising.

Can you sell your urine like a blood bank that pays?

*snicker*

I'm glad my iPhone is just like it is for now. Would hate to carry a car battery size cell phone on my shoulder.

37 posted on 07/29/2013 11:36:49 AM PDT by hummingbird (THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS by Mark Levin. He has a great plan!)
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Don’t piss on my leg and tell me you’re charging your phone.


38 posted on 07/29/2013 11:38:05 AM PDT by BipolarBob
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We also have a sayin’ Senator, don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s rainin’...


39 posted on 07/29/2013 11:38:57 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Abathar

Heh.

What I posted a bit later than your ‘water wheel’ post wasn’t a joke... They actually had some urine activated batteries back in WWII.


40 posted on 07/29/2013 11:39:25 AM PDT by LegendHasIt
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Would hate to carry a car battery size cell phone on my shoulder.

Yeah, especially sloshing with pee. I don't think marketing it as a "fashion accessory" is going to help.

41 posted on 07/29/2013 11:40:30 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Red Badger

Hmmm, I’m seeing a potential combination of composting toilet/power source here. Maybe just enough to run a few LED lamps, but still, useful in the off-grid homestead.


42 posted on 07/29/2013 11:42:46 AM PDT by Ellendra ("Laws were most numerous when the Commonwealth was most corrupt." -Tacitus)
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To: Red Badger; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
I thought mobile phones ran on bullsh*t.


43 posted on 07/29/2013 11:56:06 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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Coming Soon from Apple:

iPissPhone

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44 posted on 07/29/2013 11:57:51 AM PDT by Bronzewound
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The IPPhone marketed by the I.P.Freely Corp.


45 posted on 07/29/2013 11:59:40 AM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: Red Badger

This should make my middle son so happy. He’s always dropping his cell phone in the toilet.


46 posted on 07/29/2013 12:16:32 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Let's make it our turn in 2014. Vote early and VOTE OFTEN.)
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Gives a whole new meaning to telling someone to “P*** off”.

LLS


47 posted on 07/29/2013 12:52:19 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Red Badger

I would be a little apprehensive about being in the room with the seated scientists pictured, as it looks as though they are wearing lab coats but no pants....


48 posted on 07/29/2013 1:20:49 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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"Power phone with urine? Then what will I drink?"


49 posted on 07/29/2013 3:33:28 PM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Red Badger.
a fuel cell that uses bacteria to break down urine to generate electricity
Gosh, can piss-powered cars be far behind? /s


50 posted on 07/29/2013 3:56:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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