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#1 TOMapleLaughs

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:31 PM

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.
•The hydrogen goes into a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into the gas cylinder.
•The gas cylinder pushes hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which is used to remove the moisture from the hydrogen gas.
•This purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator.

And as for delivering the fuel itself? Well, we'll leave that up to the consumer.

The Maker Faire is a popular event across the African continent, drawing thousands of participants who travel to Lagos to show their inventions and other practical creations.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/urine-powered-generator-unveiled-international-exhibition-234718329.html


No word on when we'll be able to drive urine-powered cars.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:33 PM

Too bad it needs electrolysis. Probably consumes more energy to separate the hydrogen than electricity it produces afterwards.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:38 PM

i call BS. also, a urine powered car was once already invented in sweden i believe.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:40 PM

So instead of gas stations we'd just have public bathrooms all over the place lol?
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:41 PM

Too bad it needs electrolysis. Probably consumes more energy to separate the hydrogen than electricity it produces afterwards.


Yeah something's fishy in the math there.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:42 PM

Too bad it needs electrolysis. Probably consumes more energy to separate the hydrogen than electricity it produces afterwards.


Wow. Urine to this, aren't you?
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:43 PM

Ahhhh, what a relief.


Wow. Urine to this, aren't you?


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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:45 PM

Don't mean to be rude, but I got to go put fuel in my car ;)
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:50 PM

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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.
•The hydrogen goes into a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into the gas cylinder.
•The gas cylinder pushes hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which is used to remove the moisture from the hydrogen gas.
•This purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator.

And as for delivering the fuel itself? Well, we'll leave that up to the consumer.

The Maker Faire is a popular event across the African continent, drawing thousands of participants who travel to Lagos to show their inventions and other practical creations.

Right on girls .

Wether this is a feasible idea or not , these girls should be commended for their efforts .
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:59 PM

So instead of gas stations we'd just have public bathrooms all over the place lol?


That'd actually be perfect.

So if you were goin' on a long trip and you had to go to the bathroom, you can just stop anywhere and boom! Full tank of gas.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:16 PM

I almost pee'd my pants (well, pee'd into the little gas can I keep in my briefs) when I heard about this.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:32 PM

Well this would definitely piss off energy corporations.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:33 PM

Just have the car come with a pre-installed capheter. You'll never have to stop.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:45 PM

Wow, combine that with red bull and you'll never have to stop
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:04 AM

Could put a new spin on the back to the future remake.

Instead of shoving a banana peel into the Mr. Fusion Doc Brown just unzips his jumpsuit and...Well Marty is a high school student so I guess Brown goes to jail.
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:08 AM

My car's gas tank opening is already at the perfect height!
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