25 November 2012

Plant-Microbial Fuel Cell generates electricity from living plants

Wageningen UR research team see green energy-producing roofs could become a reality in the next few years

Wetlands are estimated to account for around six percent of the earth’s surface and a new Plant-Microbial Fuel Cell technology developed at Wageningen University & Research in The Netherlands could see some of these areas become a viable source of renewable energy. More than that, the developers believe that their technology could be used to supply electricity to remote communities and in green roofs to supply electricity to households.

Unlike biogas, which is produced by the anaerobic digestion or fermentation of biomass, the Plant-Microbial Fuel Cell generates electricity while the plants continue to grow. Importantly, the researchers say the system doesn’t affect the plant’s growth of harm its environment.

… Full text: www.gizmag.com/plant-microbial-fuel-cell/25163/

Tags: soil bacteria, cordgrass, rice, electrons,

Source: gizmag, 2012-11-16.

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