Belgian scientists Sebastiaan Derese and Marjolein Vanoppen recently discovered an innovative way to produce potable water from human urine, but they have bigger plans. The two scientists are using the reclaimed pee for a beer-making venture, which they have dubbed “From Sewer to Brewer.” 
While producing an alcoholic beverage is an added perk, the overall goal of this research was to create a system that could provide clean water in developing countries.  According to an article in Reuters, the system purifies the urine into both drinking water and fertilizer. Pee goes into the system and a solar-powered boiler heats the urine causing evaporation to occur. It then passes through a membrane which extracts nutrients for fertilizer while depositing the fresh water into a storage tank. 
The purified-pee pilot program, named #PeeForScience, took place at a 10-day Ghent music festival, where attendees generously participated by donating their urine.  The experiment was a success; Derese’s and Vanoppen’s system produced 1000 liters (264 gallons) of potable water. 
While they plan to use that water for their “Sewer to Brewer” initiative, the scientists hope to install the urine-reuse system in commercial areas such as malls, airports or sports arenas.  Research is still underway, so for now they will settle for pee-beer.
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