Radboud University Nijmegen microbiologists have demonstrated that it is possible to make methane-consuming bacteria generate power in the lab. The study has been published in Frontiers in Microbiology. The press release suggests it should be possible to use bacteria to clean the environment of methane while generating power. The bacteria, Candidatus Methanoperedens, uses methane to […]

University of Cambridge researchers have made tiny ‘skyscrapers’ for communities of bacteria, helping them to generate electricity from just sunlight and water. The researchers used 3D printing to create grids of high-rise ‘nano-housing’ where sun-loving bacteria can grow quickly. Then they were able to extract the bacteria’s waste electrons, left over from photosynthesis, which could […]

University of Fribourg, along with researchers from the University of Michigan and University of California San Diego, have developed an electric eel-inspired device that produced 110 volts from gels filled with water, called hydrogels. The team led by Michael Mayer is in an effort to create a power source for future implantable technologies. The results […]

Scientists from the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center (QBiC) in Japan have generated power from a torpedo ray in the lab. The scientists removed the electricity producing organ from a torpedo and chemically stimulated the organ by injecting a solution of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine though a syringe. They were able to achieve more than a minute […]

A team led by Concordia University engineering professor Muthukumaran Packirisamy describe their new invention as a power cell that harnesses electrical energy from the photosynthesis and respiration of blue-green algae. The study paper has been published in the journal Technology. Packirisamy explains, “Both photosynthesis and respiration, which take place in plant’s cells, involve electron transfer […]

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