Scientists Power Mobile Phone With Fuel Cell, Urine
July 19, 2013 10:25 AM
comment(s) - last by
R. Kelly's dream phone is here
A group of scientists from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and the University of Bristol have teamed up to announce a mobile phone that runs on urine. The technology at the heart of being able to power the phone using urine is called a microbial fuel cell.
UWE Bristol scientist Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos said, "We are very excited as this is a world first, no-one has harnessed power from urine to do this so it's an exciting discovery. Using the ultimate waste product as a source of power to produce electricity is about as eco as it gets."
A microbial fuel cell is a type of energy converter that is able to turn organic matter directly into electricity. This process occurs via the metabolism of live microorganisms in the urine. The electricity is a byproduct of the microbes natural lifecycle and the microbes are able to eat urine.
Currently, the electrical output from a microbial fuel cell is small, and power generated from the fuel cell is typically only able to be stored and accumulated using capacitors or super capacitors.
This latest breakthrough marks the first time the scientists been able to directly charge the battery of a smartphone.
Dr. Ieropoulos added, “So far the microbial fuel power stack that we have developed generates enough power to enable SMS messaging, web browsing and to make a brief phone call. Making a call on a mobile phone takes up the most energy but we will get to the place where we can charge a battery for longer periods.”
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
It's like a stillsuit for phones
7/19/2013 1:41:35 PM
How long until stillsuits are a reality?
"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
Sony's Xperia Z3 Gets Detailed in Leaked Photos
July 25, 2014, 2:30 PM
Heavy Users of Verizon’s “Unlimited” LTE Data Could Soon See Targeted Throttling
July 25, 2014, 1:52 PM
Motorola Moto X+1 Makes Appearance in Leaked Photos
July 25, 2014, 12:06 PM
Sony Finally Adds 3D Blu-ray Support to PS4
July 24, 2014, 3:44 PM
IDC: Although Apple Remains at Top of Tablet Market, Share Falls from 33% to 26.9%
July 24, 2014, 1:24 PM
Thanks in Part to Strong G3 Launch, LG Sells 14.5 Million Smartphones in Q2
July 24, 2014, 10:18 AM
Most Popular Articles
Microsoft Kills Entertainment Unit, May Shelve Flagship Lumia "McLaren"
July 18, 2014, 7:40 PM
JJ Abrams Unveils X-Wing Starfighter for New "Star Wars" Movie
July 21, 2014, 12:24 PM
Ford Details ’15 F-150’s 325hp, 2.7L EcoBoost V6; Demonstrates 732-lb Weight Loss
July 22, 2014, 6:55 PM
Comcast Memo: Harassing Customers During Retention Calls Actually IS Our Policy
July 22, 2014, 5:19 PM
Motorola Moto G Successor Reportedly Uncovered, Moto X Discounted by up to $75
July 21, 2014, 1:11 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information