Bristol Robotics Laboratory receives grand challenges explorations funding
BRL receives Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations funding for their ground-breaking urine work
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded $100,000 to BRL through the Grand Challenges Explorations Scheme (Round 7) for the project called 'Urine-tricity: electricity from urine' that will look into generating electricity from urine and wastewater for countries of the developing world.
The announcement was made by the University, after the Grand Challenges Explorations announced on Monday 7 November 2011 that a total of 110 Round-7 grants have been awarded.
The recipient of this grant, Dr. Ioannis Ieropoulos, along with Prof. John Greenman and Prof. Chris Melhuish, have been working with urine as a potential fuel for Microbial Fuel Cells and robots, as part of Dr. Ieropoulos's EPSRC CAF (EP/I004653/1) for the last two years.
The team has also recently published the world's first article on the subject, which features in the Royal Society of Chemistry's Journal of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. The scientific paper was featured in Chemistry World (the official RSC members' magazine), as well as on the RSC website.