Charging Your Phone is now Piss Easy

Boffins find an ever-so-slightly disgusting way to power your mobile so it’ll never go flat again

A research team from Bristol University have invented a way to charge mobile phones using human urine.

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A bottle of urine, in case you didn’t know

In order to turn piss into power, the Bristol based researchers have created a new microbial fuel cell (which we will call an MFC).

Most of us aren’t high-flying research scientists, so here is the long of the short of how your piss can boost the battery on your phone:

Inside the MFC, bacteria breaks down the ‘organic matter’ in your wee, which produces electrons which in turn can be stored as energy to be used later on.

One of the researchers, Dr Ioannis Ieropoulus (real name), highlighted that “No one has harnessed the power from urine to do this so it’s an exciting discovery!”.

The Tab wonders why no one has tried it before.

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Dr Ioannis Ieropoulus

However, before you all get excited and start collecting your pee in jars, the device to collect the power is currently the size of a car battery, although in the future the boffins are looking into making them so small that they ‘can be carried around easily’.

Perhaps we’ll soon be looking at a new range of iPiss/iPee chargers? Who knows!

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