Urine generates a wee bit of power in Uganda

  A field trial to test Pee Power in a remote location in Uganda has successfully been completed. The technology generates electricity using urine as a fuel, among other types […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha
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A field trial to test Pee Power in a remote location in Uganda has successfully been completed.

The technology generates electricity using urine as a fuel, among other types of wastewater.

A research team from Bristol BioEnergy Centre (BBiC) – part of Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) at the University of the West of England – travelled to the Sesame Girls School in the village of Kisoro in July to install Pee Power and a lighting system for a toilet block.

It used to be unlit and was difficult to access safely during the night, when girls at the school study late in the evening as it is cooler.

The power is enough to light the outside of the building and the pathway leading to the toilet block.

The team initially installed the technology, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, at the Glastonbury Festival.