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Using Microbes to Generate Electricity














Dr. Lenny Tender, research chemist at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), has co-invented a microbial fuel cell that persistently generates electrical power in marine environments.The fuel cell draws electricity from the sea floor, creating an interface between the sediment on the bottom of a marine environment and the overlying water. The fuel cell is a maintenance free, non-depleting power supply suitable for a wide range of sensors presently powered by batteries.

Interested in licensing this technology? Visit the NRL Technology Transfer Office to learn more: http://www.nrl.navy.mil/techtransfer/available-technologies/energy/benthic-fuel-cell

For more NRL videos, visit http://www.nrl.navy.mil/media/videos/.

Credit: NRL Technology Transfer Office and Technical Information Services
 
 

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  1. The video says nothing about the physiological foundation of the process, which is unacceptable for an educational mission.

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