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Power-producing microbes may be 3 years away

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

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 cell." It promises to significantly save energy in wastewater treatment.

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