Scientists from the University of Bristol and the Robotics Laboratory in Bristol, England, recently introduced Ecobot III, a robot with a heart that runs on human urine, a cheap and abundant resource, inexhaustible renewable energy. So urine could become the energy of the future!
There are robots that look like people, and then there are robots, like the EcoBot III, that look nothing like human beings, but have our same biological needs: that they have to eat, digest and excrete. The EcoBot III is the product of a collaboration between scientists from Wessex Water and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. This robot works in a wastewater treatment system and feeds on the same wastewater, with an artificial stomach made up of fuel cells that work with human waste.
Thus, the EcoBot III recycles organic material and converts it into energy. What benefits does this mechanical being bring to us? The success of this robot means that, in the future, wastewater treatment works could be self-sufficient, lowering operating costs and significantly reducing carbon emissions. It could also change the treatment processes in wastewater plants.
In addition, the robot has another quality: it is not demanding. He doesn’t complain about the food. It can eat everything from kitchen waste to human excrement. In the future it can even replace toilets or garbage disposals. The EcoBot III is a high-tech device based on a biological process.