Professor wants to send 'pee power' to Mars

December 26, 2014 1:20 AM

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CINCINNATI — Not many would jump at the chance to drink their own urine, but professor Gerardine Botte hopes her "pee power" technology will have astronauts on Mars doing just that.

Botte, director of Ohio University's Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research, said she realized that hydrogen and water could be extracted from urine while working on fuel-cell technology in 2002. The fuel-grade hydrogen can be used to power an iPod or a small electronic device.

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