You sometimes charge your cell phone in the kitchen, and sometimes in the car. But how about in the lavatory, water closet, or the loo? Well that may sound strange, but a research team in England has created a microbial fuel cell, or MFC, that can turn organic matter – in this case urine – into electricity. According to the UK Independent, the MFC’s are full of specially grown bacteria that break down the chemicals in liquid waste and produces electrons that create a small electric charge. The charge is stored in a capacitor, and at this point, only puts out enough juice to power a single mobile call. But with no shortage of this fuel supply and the possibilities for charging other items like electric razors or light bulbs, this could be a keen use of a common waste product.
September 26, 2013 by David Rothbard,
David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.