Tech & Science

Researchers observe "a microbial fuel cell" in a test run on equipment installed at Sekisui Chemical. (Courtesy of NEDO)

Wastewater treatment breakthrough

Power-producing microbes may be 3 years away

TOKYO -- Japan is moving closer to commercializing a wastewater treatment technology that uses a special species of microorganism to generate electricity. The Geobacter species, which can produce power by itself, is touted as "a microbial fuel ce...