Using Microbes to Generate Electricity


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February 15, 2013, Duration: 03:40, Dr. Lenny Tender, research chemist at the Naval Research Laboratory, has co-invented a microbial fuel cell that persistently generates electrical power in marine environments. The fuel cell draws electricity from the sea floor, creating an interface between the sediment on the bottom of a marine environment and the overlying water. The fuel cell is a maintenance free, non-depleting power supply suitable for a wide range of sensors presently powered by batteries. For more information about licensing this technology, contact the NRL Technology Transfer Office.


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