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Scientists Use ‘Wired Microbes’ to Generate Electricity from Sewage
Engineers at Stanford University have devised a new way to generate electricity from sewage using naturally-occurring “wired microbes” as mini power plants, producing electricity as they digest plant and animal waste.
Engineers at Stanford University have devised a new way to generate electricity from sewage using naturally-occurring “wired microbes” as mini power plants, producing electricity as they digest plant and animal waste.
The  exoelectrogenic microbes attach to the carbon filaments of the battery; the tendrils are the “nanowires” by which the microbes supply electrons. (Credit: Xing Xie, Stanford University)
Xing Xie, Meng Ye, Po-Chun Hsu, Nian Liu, Craig S. Criddle, and Yi Cui. Microbial battery for efficient energy recovery. PNAS, September 16, 2013 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1307327110

Scientists Use ‘Wired Microbes’ to Generate Electricity from Sewage

Engineers at Stanford University have devised a new way to generate electricity from sewage using naturally-occurring “wired microbes” as mini power plants, producing electricity as they digest plant and animal waste.

Engineers at Stanford University have devised a new way to generate electricity from sewage using naturally-occurring “wired microbes” as mini power plants, producing electricity as they digest plant and animal waste.

The  exoelectrogenic microbes attach to the carbon filaments of the battery; the tendrils are the “nanowires” by which the microbes supply electrons. (Credit: Xing Xie, Stanford University)


Xing Xie, Meng Ye, Po-Chun Hsu, Nian Liu, Craig S. Criddle, and Yi Cui. Microbial battery for efficient energy recovery. PNAS, September 16, 2013 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1307327110

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    Wow
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    More in-depth article here. Fascinating.
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    I’d love to know the netto yield of that procedure though… I have my doubts
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