Generation of electrical energy with Halobacter salinarum in a bacterial mixture


Production of clean energy by microbial growth to power nano devices


The organism Halobacter salinarum converts biochemical energy to electrical energy that can be harnessed. The organism grows under high salt conditions, making it ideal to generate power from salt water. The produced electrical energy can be stored to power nano devices. In addition, hydrogen is also produced, an important clean energy source. Our proposed device will self power through the hydrogen produced as a metabolic by-product while generating charge that can be stored for powering nano devices.

Success Criteria:

An optimized self powered device that can generate power through the metabolic activity of Halobacter salinarum.

Main goals include optimizing a) growth of the organism within the electrode chamber
b) harnessing hydrogen c) electrical output d) following optimization the production of nano capacitors to store electrical energy