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Oxfam Looks to Pee Power to Light Refugee Camps

Posted: March 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Oxfam Looks to Pee Power to Light Refugee Camps

Oxfam Looks to Pee Power to Light Refugee CampsResearchers in the UK are looking to pee-power to light refugee camps in disaster zones.

The BioEnergy team at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory in south-west England is taking the piss – literally – to generate electricity.

Their prototype urinal is conveniently situated near a university bar; it collects people’s pee, which fuels microbial fuel cells that then generate electricity.

The team’s work hit the headlines in 2013 when they showed how pee could be used to power a mobile phone.

Oxfam now wants to take the technology out into its refugee camps.

“It’s quite fascinating and it’s very fulfilling to be involved in such valuable research,” said Professor Ioannis Ieropolous, director of the BioEnergy Centre at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory.

“The main objective of our work — if I can speak from a personal perspective — is the fact we are developing something which is for the better of humankind and that’s the whole purpose of our science.” :: Read the full article »»»»