People & Business :: Energy and Feedstocks
Nanoparticles for Generating Electricity from Waste
5:36 AM MDT | July 26, 2010 | Laura Templer
Scientists from Oregon State University (OSU; Corvallis, OR) have discovered a significant advance in the development of a system for generating electricity from biowaste. They discovered that a coating of iron or gold nanoparticles on anodes enables a 20-fold increase in electricity production. The technology works by placing bacterial microbes from biowaste into an anode chamber and allowing them to reproduce and create a biofilm. By doing this the microbes release electrons that can be harnessed for electricity production. “We still need...
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