Bristol Robotics Lab

University of the West of England


The Bristol BioEnergy Centre (BBiC) specializes in the development of Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) technology which directly converts organic waste into electricity. MFCs are like batteries, only instead of being powered by rare, toxic and expensive metals, MFCs are powered by pee! Nutrients in your pee are ‘eaten’ by bacteria and turned into harmless by-products and electricity, which can be stored in batteries and used to power robots. The process also produces cleaner and safer wastewater. The demo will show the powering of a mobile phone when an MFC module is fed with urine.

UK Festival of Robotics

19th – 25th June 2021