Scientist Revs Up Power of Microbial Fuel Cells in Unexpected Ways
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2006 @ 23:06:31 MST
Scientists have boosted the power output of microbial fuel cells more than 10-fold by letting the bacteria congregate into a slimy matrix known as a biofilm.
The research, led by microbiologist Derek Lovley of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, suggests that efficient technologies for generating electricity with microbes are much closer than anticipated. Lovley presented the results Wednesday in a plenary talk at the meeting of the Electrochemical Society in Denver.