Scientists develop a new microbial fuel cell that requires no external energy source

New fuel cell system is the first of its kind A team of scientists from the Iowa State University have, for the first time, developed a microbial fuel cell that is not reliant on external power to operate. The new fuel cell is the first of its kind and could have major implications for the fuel cell industry as a whole in the future. The energy system currently exists in a proof-of-concept stage, but has shown significant promise in its ability to generate electricity. Microbial fuel cells could be viable…

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University of Texas launches series to highlight the practicality of alternative energy

University of Texas alternative energy research

Microbial fuel cells features in first installment of Going Green Fuel cells are often steeped in controversy. This controversy stems from their cost, efficiency, and, at times, the simple fact that they are an alternative energy system. Controversy often calls into question the practicality of fuel cells, especially those that break away from conventional designs. Microbial fuel cells, for instance, have been the subject of arguments concerning practicality. These fuel cells contain bacteria that feed on organic material and produce methane or hydrogen gas, which is then used to generate…

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SSE and Wheelabrator Technologies team to build waste-to-energy power plant in the UK

Biofuel research

SSE, a British electric utility company, has announced a partnership with Wheelabrator Technologies, a waste management firm based in the United Kingdom. Together, the two companies will be building a waste-to-energy power plant worth $476 million. The plant will take root in West Yorkshire, UK, and will begin operating in early 2015, according to Wheelabrator. Both companies claim that the project will have a profound impact on the local economy and will generate hundred of throughout its construction period. The facility will collect waste from the nearby Barnsley, Doncaster and…

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SEaB Energy creates a powerful fuel cell system that can turn waste into power

Muckbuster

SEaB Energy, a UK-based alternative energy technology startup, has unveiled a new hydrogen fuel cell that could change the world’s perspective of hydrogen energy. The company has built a kind of microbial fuel cell it is calling the Muckbuster. The fuel cell utilizes bacteria that thrive on garbage. The company claims that the fuel cell can turn old food and sewage into both heat and electricity. Such a system could be beneficial for homes and even agricultural ventures in developing parts of the world. The Muckbuster energy system is fully…

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

fracking - contaminated water

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

Fracking - Drinking Water Contamination

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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Scientists create fuel cell slime from atmospheric bacteria

Newcastle University in the United Kingdom

Scientists from the Newcastle University in the United Kingdom have found a way to use bacteria from Earth’s atmosphere to create a filmy material that could make fuel cells more efficient. Researchers have isolated some 75 different strains of bacteria that inhabit the planet’s stratosphere. Two of these bacteria, called B. stratospheric and B. altitudinal, are able to improve the performance of microbial fuel cells. Using these bacteria could lower the cost of these energy systems and make them more powerful overall. Using these bacteria, researchers were able to produce…

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New fuel cell uses bacteria, wastewater and salt water to form a self-sustaining fuel system

Hydrogen Research

Researchers from the Pennsylvania State University have found a way to produce hydrogen from wastewater without having to rely on grid electricity. The discovery revolves around salt water and accounts for an “inexhaustible” source of hydrogen fuel, according to researchers. Using a microbial fuel cell packed with a certain kind of bacteria, researchers have been able to produce hydrogen through electrolysis using nothing more than wastewater and salt water. The process is entirely carbon-neutral, making it one of the cleanest forms of energy production known to man. Microbial fuel cells…

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Microbial fuel cells clean up the environment and revolutionize wastewater management

Sewer Plant - Hydrogen Fuel

 Hy-SyEnce, a relatively new company to the world of fuel cells, has been working on a new fuel cell that will derive its power from wastewater. Wastewater management is becoming an issue of concern amongst the environmentally minded. Many companies introduce toxins and chemicals into rivers, lakes and other water sources, tainting the environment and, in some instances, creating widespread dead zones. Water is a fundamental part of all forms of life on the planet and when water becomes poisonous, it damages the environment. Hy-SyEnce may have a solution with…

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