Oregon State University engineers developed a new technology that makes electricity from microbes found in wastewater.
This new form of energy production, announced Monday, could allow for treatment plants to not only power themselves, but sell excess electricity as well. OSU’s discovery allows for the production of significant amounts of electricity as well as effectively cleaning water.
“If this technology works on a commercial scale the way we believe it will, the treatment of wastewater could be a huge energy producer, not a huge energy cost,” said Hong Liu, an associate professor in the OSU Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering, in a press release. “This could have an impact around the world, save a great deal of money, provide better water treatment and promote energy sustainability.”
Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.