Your Next Robot May Drink Vodka

Posted 20 May 2003 at 14:17 UTC by steve Share This

Bender, everyone's favorite alcohol guzzling robot, may be a more accurate portrayal of the future than anyone expected. A new 4engineering.com story describes a fuel cell being developed by researchers at Saint Louis University. They have developed a biofuel cell that runs on alcohol; any alcohol, including vodka, gin, white wine, and even flat beer. It can also use ethonal or methonal. Some of the prototypes have been as small as a postage stamp and can power cells phones for over a month. A Saint Louis University press release issued in March of this year has some additional information.

Sounds perfect, except..., posted 20 May 2003 at 15:58 UTC by jeffkoenig » (Master)

Ethyl alcohol would seem to be an excellent source of energy - easily available, renewable, high energy/mass ratio, clean burning, and for the most part, non-toxic.

However, I'd have to travel to another city to buy any robot-fuel! I live in a dry city (Garland, TX) and I have to drive to Plano to buy beer and/or wine. If I want to buy something stronger, I have to drive even farther. It's been this way for at least the 20+ years that I've lived here.

Let's see some ID kid, posted 20 May 2003 at 18:23 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

No really, I'm buying this for my robot's fuel cell!

Hide the beer, the Pastor's here!

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