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Fuel From Food Waste: Bacteria Provide Power

Posted by Lindy on July 18, 2008

Researchers have combined the efforts of two kinds of bacteria to produce hydrogen in a bioreactor, with the product from one providing food for the other. In addition, the some of these bacteria produce enzymes (chemicals that speed up chemical reactions without being part of it).  These can be used to scavenge for precious metals in the waste from fuel cells in the car industry.

The experimental work is being carried out at Birmingham University with Modern Waste Ltd and EKB Technology Ltd to form Biowaste2energy Ltd, which will develop and commercialize this waste to energy technology.

You can read the full article here. It comes from Science Daily, an online paper about Science and the environment in the news.


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