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Direct Electricity from Fecal Sludge in Bioelectric Systems

Zhiyong Ren of the University of Colorado Denver in the U.S. proposes to develop a low-cost and easy-to-operate bioelectric system that uses microbes to break down waste and convert it to usable electricity. This technology could provide a self-sustainable solution for communities in need of both sanitary waste disposal and an energy supply.

More information about Create the Next Generation of Sanitation Technologies (Round 7)

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