Concept Urinals Aim to Harness the Power of Pee



What do people do a lot every day that’s generally considered as a waste-generating activity? Pee, that’s what. I remember seeing a show on TV where they featured a woman who’d pee in a jar so she could use it to water her plants (now that I think of it, it was an episode of Extreme Cheapskates where people were being, well, extreme cheapskates.)

Well, if this concept becomes a reality–and if it’s proven to actually work–then people could be getting more from pee than just compost or fertilizer for plants.


The concept is called the ECO-Urinal and it proposes using urine to power fuel cells. Apparently, urea reacts with the hydrogen ions freed from the water by running an electric current through it. The generated electricity can then be used to power the urinal itself and even the bathroom fixtures.

Of course, this is all in theory and nothing has been validated or proved yet.

The ECO-Urinal was designed by Liu Yi, Yue-Bo Shen, and Fang-Tian Ying.

VIA [ Yanko Design ]

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