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EPA Grant Number: SU835305
Title: A Novel Nicrobial Fuel Cell Reactor Design for Drinking Water Treatment

Treating water and wastes can be an expensive challenge for small communities. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students are developing fuel cells that use microorganisms – primarily bacteria – to treat waste water, produce drinking water, or generate electricity. These fuel cells, shaped as tubes, can be stacked or connected together to build systems in different sizes to meet needs of individuals or communities.

Challenge Area(s): Energy, Water

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