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Hydrogen from Bacteria

From: Pat Maxwell
Series: December 2011 - Isla Earth Radio Series
Length: 01:32

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While hydrogen is being touted as the environmentally friendly fuel of the future, a pair of Penn State engineers believe the future may be closer than we think. Read the full description.

Isla_earth_inlay While hydrogen is being touted as the environmentally friendly fuel of the future, a pair of Penn State engineers believe the future may be closer than we think. Professor Bruce Logan and his associate, Shaoan Cheng, have developed a fuel cell that produces hydrogen using naturally occurring bacteria and almost any kind of  biodegradable organic material.  Currently, hydrogen is most frequently produced from fossil fuels like natural gas...

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While hydrogen is being touted as the environmentally friendly fuel of the future, a pair of Penn State engineers believe the future may be closer than we think. Professor Bruce Logan and his associate, Shaoan Cheng, have developed a fuel cell that produces hydrogen using naturally occurring bacteria and almost any kind of  biodegradable organic material.  Currently, hydrogen is most frequently produced from fossil fuels like natural gas...

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