Urine Powered Generator: 6 Hours Of Power On 1 Litre Of Pee

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peeWhile the mainstream media continues to push the idea that we are facing an energy crisis due to a lack of resources, more people are actually looking into alternative energy and discovering that there really is no energy crisis at at all. We aren’t facing a lack of resources, we have multiple means to provide energy to billions of people without damaging the environment and diminishing resources. . These methods use very little input, and in some cases achieve infinite output.  One of these ways to generate energy is through urine. It sounds a little nasty, but the story is quite remarkable. Approximately 1 year ago, a group of 14 year old’s from Lagos, Nigeria, developed a urine powered generator that can provide 6 hours of power on 1 liter of pee. It’s not uncommon for innovate energy ideas to come out of the third world, many of their problems stem from a lack of power, so some from that area are looking for ways to solve it with whatever they have.

The model you see in this article was created by four girls, Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and Bello Eniola. The group of 14 year old’s  developed a system that works like this:

  1.  Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which separates out the hydrogen.
  2.  The hydrogen enters a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into a gas cylinder.
  3.  The gas cylinder pushes hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which is used to remove the moisture from the hydrogen.
  4. This purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator.

Prior to the development of this technology, a firm called E3 Technologies, LLC, based in Athens, Ohio, developed a similar technology called the “Greenbox.” It’s designed to clean commercial and agricultural waste water and produces hydrogen energy. The process has been patented. It is a low energy electrolysis process that converts ammonia and urea in waste water to hydrogen, nitrogen and pure water. The electric current in the device creates an electrochemical reaction that oxidizes urea and turns it into carbon dioxide which is then moved into the electrolyte material in the machine. This technology was developed by Professor Gerardine Botte, a chemical engineer at Ohio University.

What these kids are doing is taking urea electrolysis and making hydrogen and then using that hydrogen to make electricity – Gerardine Botte

The implications behind this technology, or any clean energy technology for that matter is far reaching. We are constantly presented with better ways of doing things, but rarely do we see a quick implementation or production of these technologies. The urine powered generator technology has many applications. Agriculture and waster water treatment operations for example, not to mention the construction industry all deal with the disposal of ammonia.  Why not use this ammonia for energy generation in multiple ways? The invention could aid farmers to treat the ammonia waste. A technology like this would only require 1 kilowatt of power to operate an entire commercial building with 300 employees.

Imagine if the waste from your bathroom visits was transported into a tank which converted it into energy to power your own house. What if all the toilets in your city all led to one spot which converted the waste to harness immense power? I know it’s not that easy, but the technology is there.

If we want to help our planet we must move away from the use of unsustainable energy technologies such as oil and nuclear, on a mass scale. Energy generation practices that aren’t clean should be banned from use. The cleaner and greener options are already here, we just need the information to reach more people.

Everybody on the planet should have access to clean green power, we have the solutions to make this possible. The implications of some clean green energy generation techniques are far reaching, and would eliminate poverty worldwide.

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  3. Why not use the generator generated electricity to electrolyse the urine to power the lightbulb? This “invention” is pure nonsense.

  4. UNITS Anyone??? HOW MUCH power is produced???

  5. 6 Hours of power on 1 litre of pee. But how many watts though?

  6. JD

    Dude, if I could power my house with urine, that would be AWESOME!! Cool article man!

  7. Chris.K

    I find it unhygienic,would rather petrol fumes than urine smell

  8. MMS Dave

    Rotting corpses also generate electricity too! I can generate electricity just by placing two wires on my tongue! But neither of those will run my car down the road, much less power my phone. Like Darlene said, “Units!” Quantify how much power can be produced!

  9. The urin of a healthy person is sterile and nonodorous! *fliesAway*

  10. If I wanted to donate money do you know Who I had to contact?

  11. sadananda

    great idea, congrats to all the team members.

  12. “A technology like this would only require 1 kilowatt of power to operate an entire commercial building with 300 employees.”

    That doesn’t make any sense. A kilowatt is a kilowatt no matter what the source. The authors here don’t seem to understand that “6 hours of power” is meaningless if they don’t state what the power is. A single AA battery can produce years of power if the current is low enough, but that doesn’t make it a good way to power an office building.

  13. zee

    changed nigeria? mayne they changed the world

  14. I would like to know the power input to the electrolytic cell and the power available out of the system to lighting etc. that can be utilised. If the latter is higher than the the first, only then its an attractive alternative.
    In any case my best wishes to the young inventors for their unconventional approach.

  15. Giovanni

    [What these kids are doing is taking urea electrolysis and making hydrogen and then using that hydrogen to make electricity – Gerardine Botte]

    I am failing to see the energy gain from this process. Does electrolyting urea take less energy than water?

    • Jason D

      It produces (mostly fresh) water as a byproduct.

    • iniyan

      yes absolutely electrolyting urea requires only 0.37v but electrolyting water requires 1.23 v of electricity. and i am doing research in this field and trying to exhibit electricity in many different ways

    • Vincent

      It does take less energy to electrolyse urea, but there’s nowhere near enough of it in urine to make up for what you lose by electrolysing all the water.

    • Erica

      Are you seriously asking why they don’t use water instead of urine?

  16. That is one great idea. I hope that Africa would adopt this. Look we could even power a whole nation on that if only it is expanded and marginalised.God has really bleased Africans.

  17. This is a completely irrealistic idea. It’s not difficult to prove that the energy output created by such a system is lower than the energy input needed to electrochemically separate the components of urine. It’s the chemical analogue of a perpetuum mobile.

    • Jason D

      Jan B, you miss the point. Yes, it’s energy negative. No-one was claiming otherwise. The BIG DEAL is that it produces water as a byproduct. I.E. it turns urine into water and power. Perhaps not that exciting if you live in an area with easy access to lots of water or power, but hugely exciting if you live somewhere where fresh water and electricity are rarer.

  18. Rosa Parks

    It’s a good thing they did this over in Nigeria. If they tried this in the States, their fellow community members would beat them and then shoot them dead in the street for “acting white”.

    • charlie

      Actually , if this did work 100% , it would either be bought up & buried , or the person themselves would be buried … To many inventions , over the yrs were either bought & shelved or the inventors mysteriously died or disappeared , never to be heard of again …… This is Fact , non Fiction …..

  19. rajesh naik

    i dont think it works
    because after how can we get hydrogen gas directly

  20. Pee is an acid acting as an electrolyte to make water more conductive. The HHO technology can already run a power generator entirely on water with an electrolyte as KOH added to it : http://kghho.fr


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