Water Flushed down Your Toilet can Generate Electricity, Thanks to KETI Researchers

April 22, 2014, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Energy is what makes this world. And, who else, but you need to think of sustaining the natural course of making earth as inhabitable as ever.

The modern day world is fast running out of resources and humans as a race have been held responsible for the fast depletion of the planet’s resources. The time has now arrived to give back all that we have used and abused in the name of luxurious living.

Energy scarcity is fast catching up, and we live unmindful of such a situation and it is about time that we think of more meaningful ways of energy conservation. How better would it be if we can generate energy that we have managed to lose all through our lives?


It is on these lines that researchers from South Korea seem to have thought about. And see what they have come up with!

Thanks to our irresponsible attitude and the need for luxury, gallons of water run down the drain posing a major threat to our water resources. It is common knowledge that visionaries have already pointed out that future wars might be fought over water and not oil.

All the water you flush down the drain could come to better use if we all think positive. That exactly is what the new research by these scientists has brought forth.  South Korean researchers led by Youn Sang Kim have developed a new means by which we will be able to harness the motion of water.

And yes, harness worthy water could mean the water we flush down our toilets every passing day. The researchers from the Seoul National University and Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI) have given shape to a transducer that would have the capability to convert mechanical energy from water motion into electrical energy.

Going by what Youn Sang Kim says, the new development “can be applied to everyday life”.  The new innovation works in such a way that an electrical double layer takes shape when dielectric materials are in water.  Further, the variations between water and a poly (4 vinyl phenol) dielectric layer were found to induce electric charges at an electrode.

According to a report by Chemistry World, “the electrodes coming across as flexible and transparent could coat windows, roofs and even toilet bowls, power generation from raindrops and water flow”.

That means the water we flush down our toilets can be put to good use by triggering the power spark. Kim and team are now working to determine the charging mechanism and operation of their water motion active transducer. Looks like we have a worthy invention starting to get go going.

Watch the video below to know all about it in detail.

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