Pee Power Potential Fuel: Convenient and Greener
Ever wonder how much pee power you have? No? Maybe you should. It turns out your pee isn't just waste. It has fueling potential according to scientist from Ohio University. This fueling potential could be put to use in the near future.
What kind of fueling potential? Well, it's possible that urine can be harvested for fuel and could power everything from our homes, cars and electronics. In doing so this could make charging and fueling everyday items more affordable, convenient, and eco-friendly.
The idea works like this: hydrogen is difficult to produce, store, and transport because hydrogen gas requires high pressure and low temperature to be stored. As you can imagine hydrogen's specific storing needs can become quite expensive. However Gerardine Botte discovered that by attaching hydrogen to nitrogen hydrogen becomes easier to store and release.
What does urine have to do with hydrogen? Well, "One molecule of urea, a major component of urine, contains four atoms of hydrogen bonded to two atoms of nitrogen. Stick a special nickel electrode into a pool of urine, apply an electrical current, and hydrogen gas is released." Multiply all the people and the animals in the world times the amount of times we all urinate and we are talking about a lot of free waste put to good earth-friendly use, if this innovative idea ever becomes a successful reality.
If the idea sounds ridiculous to you, don't be too skeptical. Japan has batteries on the market that can be charged by liquids, including urine. These batteries are called NoPoPo batteries and they come in sizes AA and AAA. The battery can last up to 10 years and because the batteries don't contain mercury or other harmful materials they can be disposed of without harm to the environment.
Don't get your hopes up either. This pee-powered technology is still being tested. For more information about this innovative fuel technology read the Discovery news here. Also watch the funny YouTube Video below of two men using their vehicles like urinals. One they've emptied out the men get into their pee-powered vehicle and drive off. How would a woman fuel her car if filling up were this easy?
In the mean time: while your waiting to pee on batteries and into fuel tanks don't forget that right now you can fuel your garden with urine, an essential commodity in places where it hasn't rained for days. Read How To Garden With urine here, then for the sake of your garden go pee outside.
Via Trendhunter and Discovery Channel and Weird Asia News