Bedford manufacturer helping university scientists to power lights with pee.

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An article featured in the Bedfordshire on Sunday regarding our contributions to a revolutionary invention that could change sanitation forever.

Find out more about the project with the video produced by University of West England.

A BEDFORD manufacturer of timber garden buildings is using their expertise to help scientists from the University of West England utilise the power of pee.

Dunster House Ltd have donated their emergency urinal structure, which is part of their humanitarian range, to the students to aid in their ‘Pee Power’ project. So, the urinal structure uses microbes that feed on urine to generate electricity.

The technology goes by the name of Microbial Fuel Cells. Therefore, it could have a huge impact in refugee camps where thousands of people are living without access to adequate sanitation facilities and electricity.

As the cells feed on the urine, a side effect is the creation of electricity. Then, electricity harvested to use the power for light.

This is all done through the equipment that the scientists have created that they can put under the toilets in Dunster House’s structures. The equipment collects the urine, and set up could cost as little as £600.

The project is run by UWE and Oxfam, and Dunster House jumped at the chance to get involved. This is part of their efforts to remain environmentally friendly and humanitarian. In addition to their new range of structures which include composting toilets.

Dunster House director, Chris Murphy said:

“As a company that is constantly moving forward and searching for new solutions we are really excited that we can take part in this project. Our mission is to help resolve as many humanitarian issues as possible. We truly believe that our products can make a difference, especially in developing countries”.

Dunster House’s toilet was chosen for the project as the scientists wanted to make the trial as realistic as possible. In addition, Dunster House has already become an Oxfam supplier. We launched emergency latrines to countries affected by conflict such as South Sudan and Central African Republic.

The urinal on the university campus resembles those toilets used in refugee camps.

March 12, 2015

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