Jul 8 2009Problem Solved!: Turning Urine Into Hydrogen


Finally, I can sleep at night: scientists have discovered a way to turn urine into hydrogen. And you said I was crazy for collecting it in milk jugs!

From a group led by chemist Gerardine Botte of Ohio University comes a report (just published in the Royal Society of Chemistry's journal Chemical Communications) that hydrogen has been produced from urine.

According to a July 3, 2009 story on PhysOrg.com, "Urine's major constituent is urea, which incorporates four hydrogen atoms per molecule -- importantly, less tightly bonded than the hydrogen atoms in water molecules."

"Botte uses electrolysis to break the molecule apart, developing an inexpensive new nickel-based electrode to selectively and efficiently oxidise the urea. To break the molecule down, a voltage of 0.37V needs to be applied across the cell -- much less than the 1.23V needed to split water.

So, you know what this means, right? Wait for it....wait for it....the P-bomb. Thanks folks, I'll be here all week. Make sure to tip your bartender and maybe steal a bottle for me when they're not looking. *tap tap* Haha, is this still on?

21st-century alchemy: Hydrogen from urine [bookofjoe]

Thanks to towhee, who pees in swimming pools.

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Reader Comments

they should call it, "PeEnergy."

I'm peeing in my gas tank!

I've been creating energy from my urine for a long time now.

My urine does glow in the dark, is that normal?

I've been peeing in large vats for years now. Looks like I'm going to be seeing a big government payoff pretty soon.

I've been saying that they'll find a way to use my piss to save the world. A new type of renewable energy from it would be good.

Yellow energy, if you will.

So does this eliminate the use of truck stop restrooms on long road trips?

"hold on Jim I gotta take a piss... Want me to fill er' up?"

Why hasn't the government found these people "missing" yet?

Ya, I was wondering the same thing...whatever the eff you were trying to say...

Finally a legitimate excuse to drink more booze at night!

So with pee-hydrogen, new generation solar cells sony are developing, portable wind turbines that fit in the back yard and good old fashioned dynamos why am I paying for electricity? With all the red bull, coffee, booze and water I consume I could power my house on the piss alone.


this article is over a year old....

dated: Tuesday, June 3, 2008 3:07 AM


This is a lot like the time I stuck two wires into a turd and powered my digital watch with it.


This is a complete photoshop job. you can tell its a fake because the shadow's are all wrong.

This is exactly like that scene in the movie Never Back Down where Max was driving in a van to Colorado, and peeing in empty beer bottles. A cop was going to cuite him for open beer in the car, and didn't believe Max when told it wasn't beer. So the cop drank some pee.

This is great news! I'm going to go in the garage and pee on my circuit breakers right now! YAY FREE POWER!

Phase one:
Collect Urine

Phase two:

Phase three:

So, could the electrical energy produced by the hydrogen be fed back into the system providing perpetual energy? You know, as long as someone keeps pissing in the tank.


Fail ?

So I guess pissing on my girlfriend's face could now be considered wasteful.
Oh well.

'Honey? Mind if I dispense some energy on your face?'

Science it works bitches

this is good


I was wondering when the fetish comments were going to come up! Nicely played...

And speaking of getting pissed in the face so far only Shum has graced me with the christening... I was expecting a more welcome welcome...

i hope everyone know u aren't actually getting energy for urine, it's just a way of storing sun, wind, etc energy in the form of hydrogen so u can use it later when it's dark, not windy etc.


I don't want energy for urine. I want energy from urine.

Sorry Gordon, that was a type-o. it should say "from" and you can't have it, not from this apparatus anyway. you can do the same electrolysis with water you just get oxygen instead of nitrogen. that doesn't make water a power source.

Finally, a use for my kid's wet diapers....


Will it still work if there is blood in my urine? Because there is.......


Still does not answer my question. Please see--> http://www.geekologie.com/2009/07/problem_solved_turning_urine_i.php#comment-123110


Initially, i wasn't trying to answer that question but i'll have a go at it now.
No you couldn't get perpetual energy from it. You can feed the energy back and you can even feed the hydrogen and nitrogen back so you wouldn't have to keep peeing in the tank but no system is 100% efficient. you'd lose energy to resistance from the wires, heat to the atmosphere not sure what else. but even if it was 100% efficient all you could ever do with it is run itself it wouldn't have a practical purpose.

I guess we're screwed now. Looks like those farmers who keep herds of cattle near highways win out. No need for 'rest' stations now. Just pull over into a field of cattle and have them piss into buckets so you can drive another couple hundred miles.

See, that rapper wasn't just peeing on girls for no reason. He was teaching them the benefits of collecting power from piss.


But it would still be cool.

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