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Rockntractor
11-12-2011, 11:16 PM
A new study published by researchers at University of West England, Bristol, states that urine is full of chemicals that can be used to generate electricity and with each flush could be draining valuable energy.

The Guardian reports that collectively the human race produces 6.4 trillion liters of urine per day and farm animals, 38 billion liters per day. Ioannis Ieropoulos and his colleagues conducted research examining the technique of using microbial fuel cells powered by urine and found that it worked:

The initial tests confirmed that urine-powered fuel cells are technically feasible, and the team now hopes to scale up a prototype system capable of powering homes, businesses or even a small village.

The researchers are particularly interested in using the 38 billion litres of urine produced each day by farm animals, which can have an adverse effect on the environment if not properly managed.

The fuel cells would effectively clean the urine so that it could be safely discharged into the environment, removing the need for costly and energy-intensive treatment by wastewater companies.

Ieropoulos explained that, while the team managed to produce only a small amount of power during trials, it is now looking at stacking up the fuel cells so that the stream of urine runs through the system and produces more power.

“The impact of this could be huge, since it enables us to think of ‘waste’ in a new way, and offers great potential for the future,” he said.
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Piss on that!:rolleyes:

Odysseus
11-13-2011, 02:12 AM
Sounds like the public urinators at the OWS movement are an untapped natural resource. :D

Rockntractor
11-13-2011, 02:24 AM
Sounds like the public urinators at the OWS movement are an untapped natural resource. :D

We could collect their Depends!:idea:

Odysseus
11-13-2011, 11:59 AM
We could collect their Depends!:idea:

Depends implies prior planning, something that this crew lacks. We would have to impose some potty training on them. It can't be more complicated than the Marxist dialectics or Womyn's studies classes that they took. :D

Nubs
11-13-2011, 12:39 PM
Got a problem with the description with the description of process under the diagram. Bacteria grown in the absence of oxygen produce methane as a biproduct not carbon dioxide.

Aerobic Digestion = Carbon Dioxide = CO2
Anaerobic Digestion = Methane = CH4

Additionally, the rate of biofilm growth needs to be controlled. In a nutrient rich environment, biofilm grows dramatically which will plug the thing up.

Rockntractor
11-13-2011, 12:53 PM
Depends implies prior planning, something that this crew lacks. We would have to impose some potty training on them. It can't be more complicated than the Marxist dialectics or Womyn's studies classes that they took. :D

Perhaps catheters and some sort of collection device, we could trade them weed in exchange for allowing us to install them.

Odysseus
11-13-2011, 08:23 PM
Perhaps catheters and some sort of collection device, we could trade them weed in exchange for allowing us to install them.

I like it. I can see them standing by the road with a sign saying "will provide power for weed." :D

fettpett
11-14-2011, 09:55 AM
it's Green Tech!! I'll bet we'd have a line 10 miles long behind that bitch to get all the urine you need....could make sure that there are people standing beside the line with diuretic laced drinks and piss collectors selling their wares. Have the place in like Arizona, that way they have to drink.


oh the fun we could have :D http://th19.photobucket.com/albums/b175/CLSurt/Smileys/th_thevil-rubbing-hands.gif