I think the BBC are taking the piss ...
Making electircity from urine (BBC)
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If I only produced 1-2 liters of pee a day I would be the size of the IOW.
Hmph - I posted the following sub back in 2007. Didn't get anywhere then. Should have applied for a patent.
Toyota’s Pee-powered prototype is unveiled
The quest to discover a cheap, clean and reliable fuel source for motor vehicles has turned a corner with the announcement today of a car that runs on urine.
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this morning, the Toyota Urea boasts an advanced instant chemical processing unit under the bonnet that turns ordinary pee into power.
The system works as follows: the stream of urine turns a turbine which heats the urine, thus concentrating the glucose content and forming an efficient electrolyte which, when placed between zinc anode and cathode poles creates enough current to power a vehicle at speeds of up to 55 mph.
At present the system for collecting urine involves the driver using the side-mounted urinal, which has angered female motorists, who feel they are being discriminated against.
In the longer term however Toyota have plans to integrate a unisex urine extraction device into all the car’s seats, with the resultant benefits of up to 4 times the power being pumped into the system. And no annoying requests from the back seat to stop for a pee just when you’ve driven past the services.
You should be grateful that scientists read these posts for inspiration. A little acknowledgement wouldn't go amiss, though.
Maybe, one of our collective musings might prompt someone to solve the world energy shortage, overpopulation, climate change, religious strife, terrorism and fix indicators on BMWs.
But then, maybe not.
We do make a difference.
It's subtle and only affects a few.
And here's another thing. We invent a lot of things and then say it's too expensive. We also invented the economy. Why not just charge ourselves less?
On R4 they was a programme about urine I listened to, the valuable nutrients it contained.
Most fascinating was the pee from diabetics, which contained enough un-processed sugar to brew alcohol with, which malt whiskey could be made from/with (along with other ingredients)
The discoverer declined from calling his drink "a wee dram" sadly, and the presenter was given a substitute rather than the real macoy on air.
I usually stick a cd on when driving, but couldn't resist this option, glad I listened in, there was loads more, urea etc, good stuff.
That's before we get to yellow dyes.....
Does this mean that my lawyer can get that DVD of "Golden Showers vol 2" reclassified as a science programme and stop the court case?
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