In Bruce Logan's lab at Penn State Univeristy, researchers are working on developing microbial fuel cells (MFC) that can generate electricity I while accomplishing wastewater treatment. In a project supported by NSF, they are researching methods to increase power generation from MFCs while at the same time recovering more of the energy as electricity. Through their research projects, Logan’s team has already proven that they can produce electricity from ordinary domestic wastewater, as well as wastewaters generated by animals, farms, food processing and industry. Virtually any biodegradable material can be used to produce power.
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