Scientists working alongside Glastonbury festival organisers have come up with a novel way of harnessing the power of urine. 

Urine from a 40-person urinal at the festival will be used to power large electronic displays, showcasing Pee Power technology that can turn any form of organic waste into energy, without relying on fossil fuels.  

Another smaller Pee Power urinal at the festival will be used to power a mobile phone charging unit and internal lighting. 

The technology has been designed by scientists working at the Bristol Bioenergy Centre. 

Although this is not the first time Pee Power has been used as an energy source at a festival, it is the largest-scale project dedicated to the technology so far.

Glastonbury Festival is the largest greenfield festival in the world, with around 175,000 visitors every year. Around 1,000 litres of urine every day are expected to flow through the 40-person urinal that will be linked to the Pee Power technology, according to Sky News.

Pee Power is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is scheduled to be trialled in Uganda later this year.

Urinals - the power plugs of the future? Photo: ShutterstockUrinals - the power plugs of the future? Photo: Shutterstock

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