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 Soil-powered Fuel Cell |

 Soil-powered Fuel Cell

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∙ Recently, scientists have developed a new fuel cell, claiming it can harvest energy from microbes (bacteria) living in the soil.

About the Soil-powered fuel cell

∙ It is a new technology that generates power with the help of microbes in the soil instead of chemicals.

∙ The microbes release electrons during the decomposition of organic matter. These electrons flow from the anode to the cathode, creating an electric circuit that generates power.

∙ It can potentially last forever as long as there is organic carbon in the soil for the microbes to break down.

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∙ It potentially be used in green infrastructure and precision agriculture applications.

∙ It could offer a sustainable, renewable alternative to traditional batteries, which hold toxic, flammable chemicals that leach into the ground and contribute to the ever-growing problem of electronic waste.

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