Pee Power – Has Environmentalism Gone Too Far?
Heck no it hasn’t. Imagine complete cities powered by urine. You charge your cell phone by peeing into it and shaking it up, you run your car by connecting a tube to your bladder and constantly downing coffee (caffeine makes you pee), there’s a urine fountain in the city park…okay, that’s a little far-fetched and not quite in the scope of Pee Power, but there’s something to it.
Ohio University scientists are developing technology that will allow you to run your car, home and cell phone on pee. The new technology utilizes the abundance of hydrogen in our urine (yes there’s hydrogen in our urine) by bonding it to another element like oxygen which allows it to be stored and released using less energy than conventional power sources. The technology is still 6 months away, and I don’t expect it to be embraced by the public very quickly, but if we’re finding out ways to reuse our waste more power to you.
Apparently, similar technology has been looked at before.
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