Major Advance Made in Generating Electricity From Wastewater
A recent news release announces that 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. Researchers say this could eventually change the way that wastewater is treated all over the world, replacing the widely used “activated sludge” process that has been in use for almost a century. The new approach would produce significant amounts of electricity while effectively cleaning the wastewater. This could have an impact around the world, save a great deal of money, provide better water treatment and promote energy sustainability. The findings have just been published in Energy and Environmental Science, a professional journal.
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