Superbugs from space offer new source of power

The development takes microbial power technology a stage nearer its goal of providing a renewable source of powerScientists have doubled the power output of a "bacteria battery" by selecting microbes from a UK river estuary, including one normally found in space.The development takes microbial power technology a stage nearer its goal of providing a portable, independent and renewable source of power for use with low-energy devices and in parts of the world without electricity.A multi-disciplinary team from Newcastle university focussed on the river Wear estuary to collect and test different bacteria for their power-generation potential. The microbial power process is well-established in sewage treatment and water cleansing, but remains well short of providing a significant supply of electricity.The Newcastle survey, reported in the latest issue of the American Chemical Society's Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, shows how a prolonged dredge of just one site can come up with a formidable range o

Superbugs from space offer new source of power

Bacteria normally found 30km above the earth have been identified as highly efficient generators of electricity.

Tue 21 Feb 12 from Phys.org

Superbugs from space offer new source of power, Wed 22 Feb 12 from Labspaces.net

Superbugs from space offer new source of power, Tue 21 Feb 12 from ScienceDaily

Space Bacteria Boost Fuel Cell Power

This is the first time anyone has deliberately manipulate bacteria to increase fuel cell electricity.

Wed 22 Feb 12 from Discovery.com

Space bacteria found in British river could be new power source for the world

The mysterious organisms, found in the the mouth of the River Wear, in Sunderland, can generate electricity using a special battery called a microbial fuel cell.

Wed 22 Feb 12 from Daily Mail

'Bacteria battery' boosted by space microbes found in river Wear

The development takes microbial power technology a stage nearer its goal of providing a renewable source of powerScientists have doubled the power output of a "bacteria battery" by selecting ...

Wed 22 Feb 12 from Guardian.co.uk

Artificial biofilm helps double output of microbial fuel cell

An artificial biofilm developed at Newcastle University has helped double the output of a microbial fuel cell from 105mW/m to 200mW/m.

Thu 23 Feb 12 from The Engineer

Power From Space Superbugs

Scientists from Newcastle University in Australia have incorporated the use of a microbe -- usually found high up in the Earth?s stratosphere -- and others found in the UK river estuary, to ...

Wed 22 Feb 12 from RedOrbit

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