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Mexico: Nothing wasted – this prototype device transforms urine into energy02:11

Mexico: Nothing wasted – this prototype device transforms urine into energy

Mexico, Sonora
June 22, 2016 at 07:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

Researcher Gabriel Luna-Sandoval from the State University of Sonora, northern Mexico, demonstrated a device that generates energy from human urine, Wednesday.

Luna explained that the energy was generated from urine as part of an electro/chemical process, saying, "We can break them into 6 molecules of hydrogen and two of oxygen, which we recover as a gas after a process of electrolysis. We recover what was liquid as gas, we purify it and we can then use it, also for heating."

Demonstrating the prototype, Luna showed where the steel electrodes send electricity in order to divide hydrogen from oxygen, the latter of which transforms into biogas.

This way of generating electricity could potentially offer a cleaner alternative to Mexican households as it does not depend on petroleum. However, although Luna has been developing the project for 8 years already, the scientist says he needs around a year to release the final version of the device.

Mexico: Nothing wasted – this prototype device transforms urine into energy02:11
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Researcher Gabriel Luna-Sandoval from the State University of Sonora, northern Mexico, demonstrated a device that generates energy from human urine, Wednesday.

Luna explained that the energy was generated from urine as part of an electro/chemical process, saying, "We can break them into 6 molecules of hydrogen and two of oxygen, which we recover as a gas after a process of electrolysis. We recover what was liquid as gas, we purify it and we can then use it, also for heating."

Demonstrating the prototype, Luna showed where the steel electrodes send electricity in order to divide hydrogen from oxygen, the latter of which transforms into biogas.

This way of generating electricity could potentially offer a cleaner alternative to Mexican households as it does not depend on petroleum. However, although Luna has been developing the project for 8 years already, the scientist says he needs around a year to release the final version of the device.