With sustainability and scientific design, researchers at Bristol Robotics Laboratory have begun looking into the possibility of 'pee-power' and explorations of how urine can be used to produce energy.
To test their studies, the research team implemented portable toilets that could harness this power at Glastonbury Festival. The design features cylinders filled with energy-producing electro-active micro-organisms. The bathroom stations use the collected urine to power festival displays that gave the attendees information about the event. In the 40-person terminal, about 1,000 liters of waste was collected daily, providing enough energy to power about 10 displays.
The technology is still in the prototyping phases, however, researchers believe it has great potential to serve as a natural resource with an unlimited supply, that's cheap and readily available.
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