Kitchen Waste May Power New Bio Fuel Cell

Microbes produce hydrogen from glucose from the special treatment of kitchen waste.

Published: 18-Feb-2003

rding to Pressetext Austria, the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) and the Sharp Corporation have developed a fundamental technology for the production of effective bio fuel cells.

Compared to conventional fuel cells, the bio fuel cell doesn’t need an external supply of hydrogen, methanol or other gases. This type of energy production device generates the necessary fuel from special microorganisms. The microbes produce hydrogen from glucose, which accrues from the special treatment of kitchen waste.

Both companies are confident that glucose produced from waste could just as easily be sold as petrol. The advantage of a bio fuel cell is it’s small dimension and the fact that it can be operated at room temperature. Due to the fact that the used microorganisms were “equipped” with a longer life span, they are capable of producing much more hydrogen than other, competitive products.

The goal of RITE and Sharp is to develop a small bio fuel cell for applications in houses and small offices within the next two years.



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