A group of Chinese students developed a bio-electrochemical system that can generate 80 hours of electricity by adding a spoonful of sugar.
The students have modified E. coli, Shewanella and B. subtilis bacteria to create a microbial fuel cell and form a system that has an efficient and stable electrical output.
The importance of this innovation, according to Wei, lies in the fact that, compared to existing wind, water and solar power methods, it's more stable and it's not dependent on weather conditions or location, so it has a better chance of being used in the future for larger-scale power production.
"It is innovative because no one has ever tried to make a microbial fuel cell out of three species of microbes," Wei said.
Watch the rest of his talk and more information in the Reuters video below.
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