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Microbial Fuel Cell (video)

Harnessing the power of the Geobacter microbe, the Office of Naval Research has developed a microbial fuel cell that converts decomposed marine organisms into electricity. The device offers a clean, efficient, lightweight and reliable alternative to batteries and other environmentally harmful fuels.

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  1. Really awesome microbe! No more batteries...YAY!
  2. James, Thanks for watching the video and commenting. I agree, no more batteries would be awesome! Perhaps in the future we'll all have small tanks in our homes recharging mini fuel cells that power our homes. An aquarium that works for us;)
  3. Has anyone looked into developing fuel cells in wetland environments, i.e. swamps? I live in NWPA and we have lots of natural wetlands in this region. It would be interesting to think we might be able to develop a power source in our own backyards.
  4. David, Thanks for the comment. I didn't find anything related to research done on turning local wetlands into sources for fuel cell technology but it's an interesting concept. I did come across this news story from March 2010 where residents express concern for what they view as a possible danger of fuel cell technology: http://fuelcellsworks.com/news/2010/03/21/trumbull-residents-seek-siting-council-changes-from-a-planned-fuel-cell-facility/ It seems more like a NIMBY situation than an actual hazard. Thanks again and I'll keep my eyes peeled for more stories like these. We're certainly going to need all the help we can get when it comes to powering the planet cleanly. Fortunately I think microbes have amazing potential to help us out.

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