A clever device can bring clean water to millions around the world

Safe drinking water can be made from salt and a car battery. While many nations are lucky to have safe drinking water, there are hundreds of millions of people across the globe who do not enjoy this same luxury, which is why the invention of a device called the SE200 Community Chlorine Maker could change the lives of millions, by giving them the power to produce clean water. The device produces chlorine to make water safe. The SE200 Community Chlorine Maker was developed by international non-profit organization PATH and Mountain…

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Canadian city seeks to build largest ozonation wastewater treatment facility

Montreal intends to begin purifying sewage water using ozone in 2018. Canada’s second largest city, an island located in the province of Quebec, recently announced a $99 million construction contract to build what will be the world’s largest ozonation wastewater treatment center, which is anticipated to cost $285 million once completed and will be located at the J.R.-Marcotte water and sewage treatment plant in Point-aux Trembles, reported the Montreal Gazette. The treatment center is expected to be able to clean 2.6 million cubic liters of water every day. Once the…

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World’s water supply is dwindling but renewable energy may be able to help

The world may soon be facing an “insurmountable” water crisis in the near future. A study from the CNA Corporation, which has drawn information from over one hundred years, suggests that the world’s water consumption is six times higher now than at any other point in history. A rising population and a growing need for electrical power are contributing to this problem. The study suggests that there will be a 40% gap between the supply and demand of water, which could be a challenge that has no solution. The majority…

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Kenya Clean Water Project generates carbon credits

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Kenya Clean Water Project begins offsetting carbon emissions Clean water is a very important issue for much of the developing world. Many communities in developing countries lack access to water that is clean enough to drink. These communities must often settle for water that contains diseases and harmful organisms. The Kenya Clean Water Project is helping solve this problem and is even reducing carbon emissions in Africa by generating carbon credits. These credits can be purchased and used by companies to avoid some of the stringent emissions regulations that can…

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Microbial fuel cells could bring access to clean water and energy to millions

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Waste may be the answer to many country’s energy and water problems As the world’s population continues to expand without showing signs of slowing down, clean water and energy availability are becoming paramount issues. In developing countries, access to clean water and energy can be, at times, impossible. Many of these countries are unable to meet the needs of their citizens due to the high costs associated with comprehensive energy infrastructure and water procurement. Though clean water and energy may be rare in some parts of the world, there is…

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Penn State researchers create microbial fuel cell that could bring clean water to impoverished communities around the world

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Researchers from the Pennsylvania State University have created a new fuel cell that could be a great boon for impoverished communities around the world. It is called the microbial reverse electrolysis cell (MRC), and is a kind of microbial fuel cell that generated electricity by consuming hydrogen gas. Penn State researchers believe that their new fuel cell serves a dual purpose of water-treatment and energy generation. As with other hydrogen fuel cells, the MRC creates clean water as a byproduct of energy production, though at much greater quantities than its…

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Microbial fuel cells and their role in sustainability

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Microbial fuel cells are getting more attention in the world of alternative energy because of their ability to multitask. Conventional hydrogen fuel cells are capable of doing more than just generating electricity – they can also produce clean water – but their microbial cousins can draw upon a wider variety of resources to generate hydrogen gas. As such, these fuel cells have begun appearing at waste management and sewage treatment facilities around the world. They have been turning waste into electricity, leaving nothing more than clean water behind. While the…

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Microbial fuel cells could solve the shortage of drinking water in developing countries

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Microbial fuel cells are beginning to acquire a great deal of attention as they continue to show promising results in field tests. Microbial fuel cells are filled with bacteria, most of which is harmless to humans, which feed off of waste and produce hydrogen gas as a result. Such a system can be used to effectively treat waste water, making it clean and ready to drink despite its previous contaminants. Furthermore, these fuel cells can provide a vast amount of electricity, if the bacteria housed within is given enough waste…

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AT&T and Bloom Energy team to bring fuel cells to California

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AT&T and Bloom Energy, a manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cells, are partnering to install several fuel cell units in 11 different AT&T offices throughout California. Bloom Energy will be providing their renowned Bloom Boxes, fuel cell units that produce more than 7.5 megawatts of electricity, enough to account for the majority of the energy demand coming from the offices. The units are little larger than mini-fridges and can be run on anything from natural gas to solar power. The only emissions of the fuel cells are clean water and highly…

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