Thursday, July 9, 2009


Researchers at Ohio University may have found a cheap and abundant source of hydrogen to potentially fuel future hydrogen-powered cars. Yeah, it’s pee pee. Turns out the primary component of urine, urea, has four hydrogen atoms per molecule, as opposed to water’s two. Using a nickel-based electrode, the urea atoms can be easily broken apart with less voltage than it takes to split water. Which means that urine could be a less expensive and more abundant source of hydrogen. Not only that, but the process could also be used to clean wastewater of its nasty, nasty piss before it’s delivered to your house via faucet. Yum! No word yet on when we can expect pee-powered vehicles or other devices, but I’m going to start saving my urine in Mountain Dew cans immediately. As a World of Warcraft player, I pretty much do that already. More details here.