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New insights into fuel cell that uses bacteria to generate electricity from waste

January 3, 2008

Researchers at the Biodesign Institute are using the tiniest organisms on the planet —bacteria— as a viable option to make electricity. In a new study featured in the journal Biotechnology and Bioengineering, lead author Andrew Kato Marcus and colleagues César Torres and Bruce Rittmann have gained critical insights that may lead to commercialization of a promising microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology. “We can use any kind of waste, such as sewage or pig manure, and the microbial fuel...