These Urine-Powered Socks could be the next big thing!
Peeing in one’s socks may possibly not be for running their mobile devices, everyone’s first choice, but apparently maybe it’s a choice.
A team of researchers in the Bristol BioEnergy BioEnergy Centre at the University of the West of England is trying out a pair of stockings that use urine to create electricity via microbial fuel cells that are miniaturized. Outcomes have started to drip in, with the technique used to manage a transmitter to deliver instant signals into a PC.
MFCs are not new which is not the initial test done from the team. In 2013, a mobile phone utilizing urine in a MFC was operated by them, but that has been a benchtop matter. The crew promises that the urine-powered socks would be the “first self-sufficientsystem powered by a wearable energy generator based on microbial fuel cell technology.”
The important thing for this relatively unorthodox style of footwear is the MFC, which converts organic matter into energy. Inside the MFC there’s a combination of common anaerobic organisms because they feed – in this case, to the urine, that launch electrons.
The technology continues to be underdevelopment for 30 years, but as a result of troubles in scaling the engineering to offer quite a lot of strength up, it has yet to get widespread commercial application. Nevertheless, it is not impossible to reach functional levels of power when many modest MFCs are piled and wired together.
In the case of these urine-powered socks, soft MFCs were embedded into a sort of support anklet, while a pump modeled after a primitive fish heart was embedded in the heel of the sock. The reason for this is that the microbes need to circulate through the MFC to remain alive and reproduce and metabolize efficiently. As the wearer walked about, the push-pull motion circulated the urine through the MFCs, which, according to the team, generated enough electricity to send a signal every two minutes to a receiver module controlled by a PC.
This work opens up possibilities of using waste for powering portable and wearable electronics. For example, recent research shows it should be possible to develop a system based on wearable MFC technology to transmit a person’s coordinates in an emergency situation. At the same time this would indicate proof of life since the device will only work if the operator’s urine fuels the MFCs,” says Ieropoulos.