London: In a method to use the renovable energy sources for elecricity, the scientists from UK, for the first time in the world have claimed to have developed a novel method to charge the mobile phone using the human urine.
Scientists working at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory have described the "breakthrough" finding of charging cell phones as the power source to generate elecricity.
"We are very excited as this is the worlds first method to do generate electricity through urine.Using the ultimate waste product as a source of power to produce electricity going to the most eco-friendly method ever."Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos from the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, an expert at harnessing power from unusual sources using microbial fuel cells, said.
"One product that we can be sure of an unending supply is our own urine. By harnessing this power as urine passes through a cascade of microbial fuel cells(MFCs), we have managed to charge a mobile phone. 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 re-using waste to create energy" said Ieropoulos.
He said "so far the microbial fuel power stack that scientists have developed generates enough power to enable SMS messaging, web browsing and to make a brief phone call.
The Microbial fuel cell(MFC) is an energy converter, which turns organic matter directly into electricity, via the metabolism of live micro organisms, researchers said. Essentially, the elecricity is a by-product of the microbes natural lufe cycle, so the more they eat things like urine, the more energy they generate and for longer periods of time."
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