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Ashley Franks on making electricity from bacteria


I’ve interviewed Ashley Franks for ABC Radio National program The Science Show, it aired on Saturday 9th March, 2013.

Ashley Franks works with bacteria which live in soil where there is no oxygen. With iron oxide present, they can transfer electrons. A microbial fuel cell can collect these electrons as a current. This concept has potential as a fuel source for remote monitoring, such as deep under the ocean.

He’s pictured proudly holding a jar full of the bacteria. It’s been powering the blinking light on top for two years.

You can listen to the interview now on The Science Show website.


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