Pee for power

Scientist Garardine Botte, Ohio University, has developed a catalyst capable of extracting hydrogen from urine. That’s right. Urine. The hydrogen would then be used to feed a fuel cell, resulting in power that could be used in a hybrid car. Now you can fill one tank while draining another.

The key to her work is that it takes less energy to get hydrogen out of pee than it does to get hydrogen out of water. Water is the most abundant source of hydrogen. Each molecule of water has 2 hydrogen atoms. The main component of pee is urea, which has a formula of (NH2)2CO.

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