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Microsoft founder funding urine powered cellphones

By Mason White 12:58 PM December 26, 2013
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By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) Soon, you will be able to use your urine to recharge your dead cellphone.

The charitable foundation of Bill Gates has given British inventors a load of cash to help produce a urine powered battery that can charge a mobile phone.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has appointed a team from the University of the West of England, Bristol, which focuses on water, sanitation and hygiene.

The urine powered battery uses microbes to digest the urine and then produce electricity. The latest infusion of money will help them further develop their design.

“Today, 2.5 billion people practice open defecation or lack adequate sanitary facilities, so we are always looking for new ways to ensure that less human waste ends up in the environment,” Brian Arbogast, Director of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said.

“Innovation does not have to be complicated or expensive to be impressive, and we are so excited about the range of approaches that these projects represent,” he added.