This story is making the rounds today. And why wouldn’t it? Four African teenage girls bring a contraption to a Maker Faire that purports to create hydrogen and then electricity from human urine. How cool is that?!
After the initial buzz wears off, the questions begin to creep in. Really? Can you really do that? Wouldn’t it take more electricity to split out the hydrogen than the generator could produce?
I haven’t seen a complete analysis of the project, just many repetitions of the original story. So the jury is still out on whether this device has a future or not.
But you have to remember that this was a project at a Maker Faire, in Africa. There are at least two inspiring parts to it. One is the possibility of putting a daily renewable resource, that we consider waste, to use. The other is that the project was done…
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