Elephant waste becoming India energy source

That is motivating a young Indian scientist to try and generate electricity with the help of elephants. (NBC/RTV)
That is motivating a young Indian scientist to try and generate electricity with the help of elephants. (NBC/RTV)

KAYAMKULAM, KERALA, India (NBC/RTV) — In India, energy sources are a premium — especially for those living in poverty. That is motivating a young Indian scientist to try and generate electricity with the help of elephants.

MG Gireeshan said he’s exploring the use microbial fuel cells and using elephant urine as a fuel source. Gireeshan, who has a doctorate in electronics, discovered that elephant urine is more powerful than cow urine to generate electrical power. Two liters of elephant urine can help to produce enough electricity for one household for almost a week.

With the help of a 12-volt battery, his fuel cells can light four lamps and four fans for five- to six days.

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