A high-tech toilet that generates electricity from urine is being launched by a University in England. The scientists hope that it can be used by aid agencies in disaster zones to supply much-needed 'urine-produced-electricity' to refugee camps.
Lead researcher Professor Ioannis Ieropoulos said, "We have already proved that this way of generating electricity works. This exciting project with Oxfam could have a huge impact in refugee camps and the microbial fuel cells work by employing live microbes which feed on urine for their own growth and maintenance."
Students and staff are being asked to use the loo to donate urine to fuel the microbial fuel cell stacks that generate electricity to power indoor lighting. Ieropoulos added, "This technology was about as green as it gets, as we did not need to utilize fossil fuels and we are effectively using a waste product that will be in plentiful supply."