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Can you develop Electricity from Human Urine?

Mexican scientist and the Argentinians have come up with easily available resources for generating electricity


November 22, 2016: Recycling and reusing have become very useful method for creating energy and electricity. They are not only environment-friendly but also easily available energies. We have seen cow dung being used as important energy resource for producing biogas. Recently a Mexican scientist Gabrial Luna-Sandoval has come up with a new invention whereby human urine can be used for generating electricity.

Humans pee about one and half liters a day. Gabrial’s new machine processes them and the urine gets turned into biogas which serves as a household heater to take a hot shower or can be used for cooking as well. The machine uses electrolysis and hydrogen in urine to produce biogas. This creates electricity or replaces natural gas.

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According to Dr. Gabrial “15 ml urine is enough considering that we produce 1.4 liters of urine and if there are 3-4 members in family then the family can pay enough to cook”. This method of electricity generation can have far reaching consequences, it can be used for future calling use in Mars.

Even the water used for energy will not go waste, as the filtered water can be used for drinking purpose as well. These are the certain possibilities that it has.

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British researchers, on the other hand, have developed microbial fuel cells that use live bacteria that feed on to inter-generate electricity.

Argentina is not lagging behind in generating renewable energy volunteers from Sumando Inerhias are recycling the trash to create solar energy. This will help in running water power heaters. This will be a great source of relaxation for communities that lack electricity and water. Apart from creating solar energy, they are also teaching them about recycling. Thus it’s a two-fold benefit scheme for the community, as it can not only use the energy but can even actively take part in its generation.

plastic cans and bottles being used for generating solar energy
Community participation in creating energy out of trash, Wikimedia

A local resident Angel Guelari says that ‘these are things that we throw away and they contaminate the environment, we can use them for practical things like having water in the house it’s good to recycle.’ Sumando Inerhias saw an increase in its number of volunteers over the years and they hope to build solar panels for three thousand families per year now, as reported by VOA news from Washington DC.

Renewable energy is not only cleaner but also safer and less polluting technique in the generation of energy. The shortage of resources can be curbed by switching over to a renewable form of energy.  Community participation plays an important role in these forms of energy. It helps in creating awareness and judicious use of resources.

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IG Smart Environment: All You Need To Know

If you keep your home at the same temperature all day, you have an opportunity to improve your energy consumption

LED light bulbs are environment friendly and also helps in reducing electricity bills. Pixabay
  • High electricity bills are everyone’s problem
  • There are certain ways in which one can reduce their energy consumption
  • One of the ways is to use LEDs

Are you feeling like your energy bills are a bit too high? Or have you gotten used to paying more than you should be? With a few simple changes around the house, you can reduce your energy consumption significantly. This is excellent for the environment, but it’s also good for your checkbook. Look into a couple of simple practices, such as replacing inefficient light bulbs, to make your home a better place.

There are ways in which one can save themselves from high electricity bills. Wikimedia Commons

If you’re running incandescent bulbs, you’re using more energy than necessary. LED light bulbs are the superior choice. They use 75 percent less energy compared to their incandescent counterparts, and they last 2.5 times longer. The reduced energy use is good for your home and for the planet — widespread use of LEDs could save up to 348 TWh of energy by 2027. That’s a projected cost savings of $30 million. Once you have your new LEDs installed, consider how you manage your home’s HVAC system.

Also Read: Indian Scientist makes a Cell that can produce Electricity from Water, also seeks Commercialisation of Invention

If you keep your home at the same temperature all day, you have an opportunity to improve your energy consumption. Install a programmable thermostat so you can lower the temperature while you’re out of the house and raise it back on your way home. If you can adjust the temperature by roughly 10 degrees for at least eight hours a day, you can reduce your energy consumption by 10 percent. These are a couple of simple changes, but they’ll make a big difference. Other cost-saving, environmentally conscious tips for better home management are outlined in the following infographic.

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