Friday, 18 August 2017

Friday Review: Wee'd all about it

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Friday 19 July 13

Recharging becomes a wee bit easier, plus we consider the possible environmental consequences of new price plans coming out of the U.S.

If the idea of charging your mobile phone by answering a call of nature appeals to you – and we admit the chances of that are slim – then urine luck this week, because U.K. scientists have developed a method of doing just that. Researchers from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, a partnership between the Universities of West England and Bristol, used urine to generate electricity by passing it through a stack of microbial fuel cells (MFC). We're not taking the p—s, they actually managed to charge a Samsung smartphone with urine. "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," said Ioannis Ieropoulos, a researcher at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. "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…

If the idea of charging your mobile phone by answering a call of nature appeals to you – and we admit the chances of that are slim – then urine luck this week, because U.K. scientists have developed a method of doing just that. Researchers from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, a partnership between the Universities of West England and Bristol, used urine to generate electricity by passing it through a stack of microbial fuel cells (MFC). We're not taking the p—s, they actually managed to charge a Samsung smartphone with urine. "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," said Ioannis Ieropoulos, a researcher at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. "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…

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