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No-Mix Toilets Provide Urine for Energy

Hydrogen is under active consideration as a replacement for gasoline in motor vehicles. As it turns out, urine is not only the world's most abundant waste product, it also is a good source of hydrogen.

No-Mix Toilets May Provide Energy from Urine Geradine Botte, a researcher at Ohio University, has developed a catalyst that efficiently extracts hydrogen fuel from urea...err, urine. Compared with the 1.23 volts required to split two hydrogen atoms from H2O, only 0.37 volts is needed to remove the four hydrogen atoms from a urea molecule. One third the voltage, twice the hydrogen!

Will this lead to everyone placing a container of urine at the curb on garbage / recycle day? Time will tell.