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Recycled Biofuel Waste Product Used For Electricity
2012-09-05 08:54:03

A by-product of biofuel manufacture can power microbial fuel cells to generate electricity cheaply and efficiently, according to scientists presenting their work at the Society for General Microbiology's Autumn Conference. The work could help develop self-powered devices that would depollute waste water and be used to survey weather in extreme environments. Distillers Dried Grain with Solubles (DDGS) is a waste product from bioethanol production that is commonly used as a low-cost animal...

2012-08-13 15:10:04

Engineers at Oregon State University have made a breakthrough in the performance of microbial fuel cells that can produce electricity directly from wastewater, opening the door to a future in which waste treatment plants not only will power themselves, but will sell excess electricity. The new technology developed at OSU can now produce 10 to 50 more times the electricity, per volume, than most other approaches using microbial fuel cells, and 100 times more electricity than some....

2012-07-11 05:49:26

Some of the planet´s tiniest inhabitants may help address two of society´s biggest environmental challenges:  how to deal with the vast quantities of organic waste produced and where to find clean, renewable energy. According to César Torres and Sudeep Popat, researchers at Arizona State University´s Biodesign Institute, certain kinds of bacteria are adept at converting waste into useful energy.  These microorganisms are presently being applied to the...

2012-07-11 05:40:34

A new biofuel production process created by Michigan State University researchers produces energy more than 20 times higher than existing methods. The results, published in the current issue of Environmental Science and Technology, showcase a novel way to use microbes to produce biofuel and hydrogen, all while consuming agricultural wastes. Gemma Reguera, MSU microbiologist, has developed bioelectrochemical systems known as microbial electrolysis cells, or MECs, using bacteria to...

2012-07-04 23:00:19

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2012-06-22 12:05:07

New catalyst dramatically cheaper without sacrificing performance Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) have identified a catalyst that provides the same level of efficiency in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) as the currently used platinum catalyst, but at 5% of the cost. Since more than 60% of the investment in making microbial fuel cells is the cost of platinum, the discovery may lead to much more affordable energy conversion and storage devices. The material —...

2012-06-19 00:01:10

Findings may lead to new ways to produce raw materials for renewable fuels in microscopic “green factories” Overturning two long-held misconceptions about oil production in algae, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy´s Brookhaven National Laboratory show that ramping up the microbes´ overall metabolism by feeding them more carbon increases oil production as the organisms continue to grow. The findings – published online in the journal Plant and Cell...

2012-06-14 02:21:50

GUELPH, Ontario, June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- W2 Energy, Inc. (OTC: WTWO) is pleased to announce that it has purchased patent applications 10/785234 and 12/9605 from Thomas W. Oakes, PhD, CEO of Solar Hydrogen Energy Company. These two patent applications represent significant technological achievements in the production of hydrogen from renewable sources. The central technology uses water-filled glass containers to concentrate the power of the sun while acting as a source for the water,...

2012-04-25 22:08:05

CU Denver team develops process resulting in 70 times more energy A team of scientists from University of Colorado Denver has developed a novel energy system that increases the amount of energy harvested from microbial fuel cells (MFCs) by more than 70 times. The new approach also greatly improves energy efficiency. MFCs are emerging as a way to use bacteria to directly harvest electricity from biodegradable materials, such as wastewater or marine sediments The energy from a single MFC...

2012-03-27 08:33:09

Butterfly wings may rank among the most delicate structures in nature, but they have given researchers powerful inspiration for new technology that doubles production of hydrogen gas – a green fuel of the future – from water and sunlight. The researchers presented their findings here today at the American Chemical Society's (ACS') 243rd National Meeting & Exposition. Tongxiang Fan, Ph.D., who reported on the use of two swallowtail butterflies – Troides aeacus...