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November 24 2012

Electricity from the marshes


An unexpected source of new, clean energy has been found: the Plant-Microbial Fuel Cell that can generate electricity from the natural interaction between living plant roots and soil bacteria. The technique already works on a small scale and will soon be applied in larger marshland areas throughout the world.

On 23 November, researcher Marjolein Helder will defend her PhD research on generating electricity via plants at Wageningen University. She has also founded a spin-off company called Plant-e with her colleague David Strik.

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