lupercal Posted September 16, 2010 Report Share Posted September 16, 2010 Double posted please remove this thread Mods http://2ndgreenrevolution.com/2010/08/27/n...red-fuel-cells/ Not Just for Treating Jellyfish Stings; Urine Powered Fuel Cells by Justin Manger on August 27th, 2010 Is the urea – also called carbamide – found in urine a waste that may be too precious to waste? NewScientist hints that it might be a new source of fuel for producing renewable energy. “An adult produces enough urine each year to drive a car 1678 miles (2700 km) on energy from the urea it contains, according to calculations by Shanwen Tao, who develops urea-powered fuel cells at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK.” Dr Shanwen Tao and his research partner Dr Rong Lan have developed a prototype (diagram below) that does just that. Dr. Tao explains how he came upon the idea: “Growing up in rural eastern China I was aware of the use of urea as an agricultural fertiliser. When I became a chemist and was looking at fuel cell development I thought of using it in the process. We are only at prototype stage at present, but if this renewable material can be used as a commercially viable and environmentally friendly energy source then we will be absolutely delighted, and many people around the world will benefit.” But how is it collected? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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