DAILY DOT COM - When your cell phone runs out of juice, you probably grab a charger and plug it in right? Well a group of researchers have been working on a project that would help you charge your phone and all you would need is Mother Nature.
Yes, researchers in the United Kingdom have figured out how to use waste-eating bacteria to produce enough electricity to send a few text messages and make a call, with something called: Microbial fuel cells , or MFC'S. The MFC is an energy converter that turns organic matter, in this case urine, directly into electricity.
Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos of the University of the West of England is the lead researcher on the project. "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," Ieropoulos said.
A demonstration of the work can be seen in a short YouTube video . As of right now, the urine-to-electricity device is about the size of a car battery, but it's expected to get smaller and more portable. Besides charging mobile phones, the team also sees potential for powering lighting, razors and other such devices.
According to reports, some funding for the work has come from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Researchers say this could be a real breakthrough, particularly in rural areas where power sources can be hard to come by. It could also work for camping trips too.
Gross or practical: would you power your mobile phone with urine if it meant longer battery life? You can leave comments below, or tweet your responses to @leniseligon.
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