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Urine-powered generator unveiled at international exhibition

Yahoo News -- Four African girls have created a generator that produces electricity for six hours using a single liter of urine as fuel.

The generator was unveiled at last week's Maker Faire in Lagos, Nigeria, by the four teens Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, and Faleke Oluwatoyin, all age 14, and Bello Eniola, 15.

So how exactly does the urine-powered generator work?

•Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which separates out the hydrogen.


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Submitted Nov 13, 2012 By: BIGOILEATURCRUD
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NOTSOGRN
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 12:52:06 AM

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More beer please I need the fuel...
BIGOILEATURCRUD
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 4:25:52 AM

Thinking of all the fuel I've P'd away!
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 3:40:39 AM

Good luck with the patent.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:50:54 AM

What is the cost per KW
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:14:25 AM

ə a friend sent me a link to the story.
it sounds interesting, but i wonder how accurate the assessment is. ə
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:10:54 AM

The girls said.... When Urine it, Urine it.... To Win it!
Wolfman_TJack
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:08:41 AM

Stay tuned.

The girls said the situation remains "fluid" in Nigeria and they plan to "stream" more information to the public on their research into "urine" power.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:01:20 AM

This should be good. I want to see them refill the tank.
Wolfman_TJack
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:00:46 AM

On a scale of 1 - 10 girls.... Urinate (ur an 8).
Wolfman_TJack
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:58:01 PM

The girls may have been piss-poor.... But not anymore.
Wolfman_TJack
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:51:39 PM

Who leaked this story?

[Edited by: Wolfman_TJack at 11/14/2012 12:57:37 AM EST]
EVBuddy
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:32:03 PM

Hydrogen from me?
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:27:08 PM

Love it, very cool
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:16:52 PM

bs
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:10:20 PM

Okay
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:09:39 PM

Good luck to them (& us)...
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:07:36 PM

There is an outside source of energy that makes this cell work. It is not like the filtration process used aboard the space station.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:07:16 PM

Interesting. I hear biological wastes that we all produce has lots of food for other living organism and produce biofuel.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:06:33 PM

dang that was smart
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:06:29 PM

Sounds like a great job for someone
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Too bad Washington is only full of 'number two'.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:04:32 PM

Gives a new meaning to "piss off".
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:04:32 PM

really ...............
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:02:50 PM

now that's recycling
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:55:03 PM

Yummy.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:54:28 PM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:52:35 PM

@chris46 got it right. "Will this work for beer drinkers? I wonder?"

Finally, the proper use for ethanol. :)
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:52:08 PM

The process does not make sense, because an electrolytic cell is an electrochemical cell that undergoes a oxidation reduction reaction when electrical energy is applied. What is the source of that electricity (please don't answer "the generator")?
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:51:08 PM

Very interesting
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:50:27 PM

Nothing wasted.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:47:51 PM

sounds like a great idea!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:47:45 PM

I don't think I am interested in the water from this process. Engine fuel ok, but not potable water!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:47:11 PM

It's a pissa idea!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:46:51 PM

Every bar will want one
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:45:15 PM

Will this work for beer drinkers? I wonder?
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:41:59 PM

Great potential solution. Interesting way of "making water".
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:39:59 PM

that will piss people off
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:38:38 PM

Let's hear it for teenage innovation!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:33:21 PM

But there is more power in cow phoo.
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I heard drinking JACK DANIELS makes it run all night
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:31:02 PM

Oh that is great ....
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:30:25 PM

I produce lots of urine.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:28:49 PM


A renewable resource for certain.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:27:41 PM

Intriguing. Not practical but innovative.

Takes electrolytic cell - electricity runs this.

Takes Borax to dry the hydrogen.

Takes time to do the production of hydrogen.

Be careful with hydrogen or boom!

Pretty and smart girls came up with this. Good going.

Not practical but innovative.

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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:26:46 PM

Come on! Really?
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:24:59 PM

This would be great if they get it to work on large Quantities
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:23:37 PM

What's next? Fecal-powered motorcycles from China?
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:21:44 PM

Ummmmmmmmm. Do we really need to be teen again and have this bathroom humor? OHHHHHHHHHHHHH....the article is about teens who feel that need. OK.

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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:20:41 PM

This might be one of the best articles I've seen.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:18:43 PM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:18:35 PM

Is this good way to reduce the septic tank load?
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