SEWERAGE PLANTS WITH HIGH ENERGY SAVINGS

Energy-Efficient Sewage Plants Science (Aug. 22, 2009) — High-rate digestion with microfiltration is state-of-the-art in large sewage plants. It effectively removes accumulated sludge and produces biogas to generate energy. A study now reveals that even small plants can benefit from this process. Sewage plants remove organic matter from wastewater. If the accumulating sludge decays, biogas […]

OIL MUNCHING BACTERIA EAT OIL SPILLS IN OCEAN

Oil-hungry microbes aid spill cleanup NEW YORK (UPI) — Among workers involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill cleanup will be some very tiny ones, U.S. researchers say — microbes that love to munch on crude oil. One of the hidden stars of the cleanup effort is an oil-hungry bacterium called Alcanivorax, one of […]

BREAKING WATER DOWN WITH SUNLIGHT AND VIRUS

BASIC ELEMENTS DERIVED FROM WATER BY USE OF MICROBES A team of MIT researchers has managed to mimic the photosynthetic process in plants by engineering M13, a simple and harmless virus, to help splitting water into its two atomic components – hydrogen and oxygen – using sunlight. The researchers hope this is the first step […]

MICROBES TO PRODUCE HYDROGEN GAS FOR FUEL

Microbe Power as a Green Means to Hydrogen Production Science (June 1, 2010) — Scientists have been hard at work harnessing the power of microbes as an attractive source of clean energy. Now, Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University researcher Dr. Prathap Parameswaran and his colleagues have investigated a means for enhancing the efficiency of […]

BACTERIA DOUBLES HYDROGEN PRODUCTION FOR FUEL

New Super Bacterium Doubles Hydrogen Gas Production ScienceDaily (Apr. 14, 2010) — Hydrogen gas is today used primarily for manufacturing chemicals, but a bright future is predicted for it as a vehicle fuel in combination with fuel cells. In order to produce hydrogen gas in a way that is climate neutral, bacteria are added to forestry […]