Ohio University biomolecular engineer Gerardine Botte wants your urine. The scientist told the Guardian that he has developed a technology which can pull hydrogen power out of our bodily fluid.
The process, in its most simplest of terms works by placing an electrode in waste water and then applying just the right amount of electricity. Once that process is complete hydrogen atoms split off from the urea and ammonia found in urine.
While the process is very similar to water electrolysis, it requires much less energy to pull the hydrogen from urine.
There is just one problem, the process requires a lot of pee to work, which means it would best be utilized at sporting events, in airport’s and in skyscrapers where bathrooms are used by a large number of people at one time.
While you may not be powering your home on your own urine anytime soon, the technology could help reduce costs in large cities and create self sustaining power cells for larger buildings which could save millions in electricity costs for businesses and city municipalities.