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Liquid Gold. Pee Power In Our Future?


Who says there’s no American ingenuity? This story shows that it still exists out there in the heartland. Gerardine Botte a scientist and professor at Ohio University has announced he has discovered a process to convert urine into hydrogen to power fuel cells. So the next time your pissed off at high gas prices remember that a solution may soon be in hand. It would be the ultimate in recycling.


“The shower is well known as a source of good ideas. But the toilet? Equally promising, says Gerardine Botte, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Ohio University who has developed a technology to generate hydrogen fuel from urine.

Botte recognized that urine contains two compounds that could be a source of hydrogen: ammonia and urea. Place an electrode in wastewater, apply a gentle current, and voila: hydrogen gas that can be used to power a fuel cell.

Her system operates similarly to the electrolysis of water, a process that can be used to produce hydrogen for fuel cells – except that ammonia and urea hold their hydrogen atoms less tightly than water does, so less energy is required to split them off. Botte isn’t the only scientist with her mind in the sewer. A group of scientists in the UK, for example, is working on a fuel cell powered directly by urine.”

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And this isn’t the only scientist toiling away in this particular vineyard.  Here we present a video from HookedOnScience

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