University of the West of England, Bristol

Turning urine into electricity

New technology developed at UWE Bristol that converts urine into electricity has the potential to transform the lives of millions of people in the developing world.

The innovative PEE POWER® system can turn organic matter, such as urine and other types of wastewater, into enough electricity to power lighting or charge mobile phones.

At the same time, it sanitises the urine and produces plant fertilizer as a natural by-product.

The technology has been successfully trialled in urinals at Glastonbury Festival and used to provide lighting for toilet blocks at schools in Africa with limited access to mains electricity.

Eventually, the system could be installed in refugee camps, slums and hospitals.

It has the potential to improve safety and sanitation for people in areas without access to mains power or sewage-networked sanitation.

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