Fuell cell performance boosted by microbes

Posted on Sunday, April 24 2005 @ 20:48 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
U.S. researchers managed to boost hydrogen production from biomass to four times as much by using an electrically-assisted microbial fuel cell that doesn't require oxygen.
By giving the bacteria a small assist with a tiny amount of electricity -- about 0.25 volts, a small fraction of the voltage needed to run a typical 6-volt cell phone -- the researchers breached the fermentation barrier and converted acetic acid, one of the formerly unusable products, into carbon dioxide and hydrogen
More info at The Washington Times

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