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Researchers Design Revolutionary New Fuel Cell That Runs on Urine

Reducing the effects of climate change demands that we reduce emissions. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, three-quarters of “human-caused emissions” come from burning fossil fuels.

For the sake of the planet, we all need to do our part in promoting alternative energy. Outside of installing solar panels or wind turbines on your home, though, the big question is: How?

The key may soon be our pee.

Last week, researchers from the University of Bath, Queen Mary University of London and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory published their design of a new type of microbial fuel cell that turns urine into electricity. If manufactured, the new fuel cell, which is smaller, cheaper and more powerful than existing designs, would revolutionize bioenergy production.


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