Although known as residual substances produced by the body, urine proved to have a number of benefits. For example, In agriculture, the urine can be used as fertilizer that can nourish plants. Some people also believe that the urine can be used as medicine.
Recently discovered another benefit of urine. As quoted from Science Daily and Green Optimistic on Thursday, March 17, 2016, a study revealed that the urine can be converted into electricity.
|Scientists have designed a smaller, cheaper Urine Fuel Cells to generated electricity. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1YgHQv)|
"The world produces in large numbers of urine and we can take advantage of the waste by using the MFC, it can revolutionize the way we make electricity," said the study author from the University of Bath, Dr. Mirella Di Lorenzo. So far, it has been a lot of researchs on how to generate electricity from urine using a variety of methods, but the results were not effective and need much funds.
|Illustration of Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC). (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1YgHQv)|
In speeding up the reaction and produce more power, scientists use their innovative ideas. They increase the electricity production up to ten times by doubling the length of the electrons from the original model.
|A new design of microbial fuel cell uses urine and overcomes two limitations of standard microbial fuel cells: their cost and low power production. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1YgHd2)|
"MFC can be the main source of energy in developing countries, especially in poor and rural areas," said the study's lead author, Jon Chouler, from the University of Bath.
"Our new design is more cheap and powerful than traditional models. The devices that can generate electricity from urine can make a real difference by producing sustainable energy from waste," he added. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SCIENCEDAILY]
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