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'Wastewater could be a huge energy producer, not a huge energy cost'

KVAL.com -- CORVALLIS, Ore. – Engineers at Oregon State University have made a breakthrough in the performance of microbial fuel cells that can produce electricity directly from wastewater, opening the door to a future in which waste treatment plants not only will power themselves, but will sell excess electricity.

The new technology developed at OSU can now produce 10 to 50 more times the electricity, per volume, than most other approaches using microbial fuel cells, and 100 times more electricity than some.

Researchers say this could eventually change the way that wastewater is treated all over the world, replacing the widely used “activated sludge” process that has been in use for almost a century. The new approach would produce significant amounts of electricity while effectively cleaning the


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Submitted Aug 14, 2012 By: angel4me
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we need to think outside the box.
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keep working on it.
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Thank you for posting.
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"What an incredible SMELL you've discovered"
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 7:13:00 AM

Fuel cells produce methane from anaerobic digestion and from food processing plant water. Waste water treatment plants will power themselves and sell the extra electricity. Improved microbes, reduced anode-cathode spacing, improved separator materials, no production of unwanted hydrogen sulfide.
Biodegrade human waste with aerobic digestion and bacteria to oxidize the organic matter. There are other organic materials that can be used to produce electricity. May have to chemically treat the waste water out of the fuel cell before disposal.
This is good for remote locations where access to electricity is limited and sewage treatment is difficult or impossible.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 2:25:41 AM

Just do it.
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 12:01:27 AM

Sounds good, hope it is viable.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:25:56 PM

lets try it
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:18:16 PM

Promising but, no subsidies.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:13:47 PM

Sounds like good technology but I doubt that it will ever be viable.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:06:14 PM

OK
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:05:42 PM

Well we certainly have plenty of that.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:03:52 PM

Potentially interesting.
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'Shocking' new technology! Excellent!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:59:38 PM


Beyond wastewater.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:59:03 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:45:53 PM

Wonderful progress for a great purpose
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:43:19 PM

Solar energy could have solved alot of energy problems...but that would "could" got in the way...
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:42:52 PM

sounds good on paper.....
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:39:24 PM

go figure
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We need to get moving on this
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:37:11 PM

OK
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:36:03 PM

got it.
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Ok.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:29:01 PM

Does this mean that Milorganite will be going out of business? ;)
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:25:54 PM

Really glad to see this in real life
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:24:30 PM

Sounds like a dirty job.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:23:09 PM

Interesting article...
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Good
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:22:39 PM

Just so y'all know that I don't poo-poo over EVERYTHING alternative... this sounds interesting.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:21:42 PM

Great alternative energy source.
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KEEP THINKING HARD AMERICA!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:20:42 PM

this could be a major breakthough for the economy and the environment
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:18:04 PM

Get back to us when they can produce power economically without taxpayer money.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:17:31 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:11:42 PM


This sounds like a major breakthrough. There is a lot of wastewater available and most of it is located near population centers where electricity is needed. A win-win it seems.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:09:58 PM

Great idea!
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Great
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Lol FlyNfool!!!
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S--t happens!
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Ok.
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One flush at a time?
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Let's see if they can get money from private investors or whether they need to go to the "Bank of Washington."
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Hook that thing up to the US House sewer system and we will make a fortune!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 9:56:53 PM

I reside about a quarter mile from our water plant. When the wind blows from the south I have to close my windows due to the noxious fumes emanating from the water plant.
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Sounds to good to be true!
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Kinda a new meaning to Black Gold
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 9:53:45 PM

Good idea! Is it practical?
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 9:51:49 PM

back to the future... part 10 or 15?
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