By Vamien McKalin | Nov 12, 2012 09:44 AM EST
Want to generate your own electricity? How about doing so with your own urine and seeing how that works.
At the fourth annual Makers Faire, three Nigerian teenage girls, Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and Bello Eniola who are aged between 14 to 15 created a urine-powered generator.
The generator is able to crank out 6 hours of electricity for every liter of human urine, which is equivalent to every trip to the bathroom. This process works by separating the excretion's hydrogen with an electrolytic cell, and voila electricity via urine is born and can be used to power gadgets.
The device the girls have created is quite explosive at the moment; however, with a little work it could become stable for future use within homes. Still, it would take a lot of convincing the safety regulators for it to get off the ground. Urine is body waste, and while healthy urine is not toxic, it contains compounds that can irritate the skin and eyes, furthermore, it doesn't exactly smell like freshly picked roses.
It is unlikely that people in developed countries would take advantage of a urine-powered generator; however, for those in developing nations, such a device could save well needed cash from going into paying expensive electricity bills. Who needs a bathroom for peeing when a urine-powered generator is safely tucked away somewhere in the basement ready to put the urine to good eco saving use.
The question is, would any of our readers be interested in a device like this? Let us know in the comments section.
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