The title says it all!
An experiment being performed by scientists from the University of the West of England are testing the potency of urine in generating electricity via a pee-energy toilet. The goal of the experiment is to provide a safer environment for women in refugee camps that often have poorly lit sanitation zones. The urine used will generate electricity to light the restroom.
What happens: Men are invited to take a pee in the urinal provided to them outside the school bar at the University of the West of England. The urine is then transported down a tube (pipe) to storage containers located underneath the urinal.
How it works: The urine is continually cascaded into 288 microbial fuel cells. These fuel cells hold microbes which feed on urine which then converts it into real time energy/electricity.
The professor leading up the experiment, Loannis Leropoulos, states: “It’s basically a live trial to demonstrate the microbial fuel cell technology over a long period of time; how it can continuously generate electricity from urine in real time.”
With testing, the urinal experiment can essentially power a mobile device, but the prototype is still in testing mode before being transported to refugee camps.