And I only count humans: until yesterday it was considered an unpleasant waste product (except for diehard drink lovers). Today, a team of British scientists has discovered a possible and very useful application that would help transform urine into electricity.
Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos and his team at the University of Bristol published the surprising results of a study last week, showing how urine can be used successfully in microbiological fuel cells. The publication explains that the liquid can act as a cathode in a battery, reacting with a bacterial anode.
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Even the first tests confirm the feasibility of Ur-Ba batteries (I baptized them on the Urine-Bacterial field, but I am sure that the business world would know how to make the name much more pleasant): at this point the research group is developing a first prototype.
At present, the small activated circuits do not produce a large amount of energy: it is clear that a hypothetical 'urine plant' should be fed by a constant flow of this 'catalyst': Dr. Ieropoulos therefore trusts in the urine produced daily by farm animals (38 billion liters are not few).
“The impact of this technology could be enormous, because it involves a change of thinking from a 'rejection' that can offer great potential in the future,” says the academic. Under whose turn it is, therefore: consider your next bathroom stops with a touch of nostalgia, remember that you are giving up something precious.
Gianluca Riccio, born in 1975, is the creative director of an advertising agency, copywriter and journalist. He is affiliated with Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists. Since 2006 he directs Futuroprossimo.it, the Italian resource of Futurology.
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Gianluca Riccio, copywriter and journalist - Born in 1975, he is the creative director of an advertising agency, he is affiliated with the Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists.