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Flushing Your Toilet Will Someday Power Your Home

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“Many sewage treatment plants currently use bacteria to treat wastewater. Essentially, the bacteria help clean the water by eating the organic material.

“But researchers at Penn State have found an even more productive use for the bacteria.

“Led by environmental engineer, Bruce Logan, they’ve designed special microbial fuel cells that use “bacteria to turn any organic matter directly into electricity.”

“Considering that in the United States, we use 5% of our electricity to run our water infrastructure, the breakthrough represents a chance for us to cut costs, while also curbing our reliance on fossil fuels.

“And while this is exciting news for U.S. consumers, the technology has the potential to have an even greater impact on developing parts of the world.”

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