Energy: TATA & MIT to produce enough electricity from 1.5 Liter of Water to power a small home

Energy: TATA & MIT to produce enough electricity from 1.5 Liter of Water to power a small home
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“Scientist Daniel Nocera said MIT’s technique has seen more than a year of preliminary research and hopes to produce enough electricity from a bottle-and-half of water, however dirty, to power a small home”.

“We hope to have a prototype in a year-and-a-half,” said Nocera, whose other backers include Bob Metcalfe, co-inventor of the Ethernet and a former director of the US’ Central Intelligence Agency.

It is too early to say which Tata company will take MIT’s technology to market, the Tata official said. The Swach water purifier was developed by three Tata companies.

The deal with MIT is fundamentally new for the Tatas because Nocera’s technology is at a very early stage. As Nocera acknowledged, his research has not yet been published, though it is being submitted to the journal Science.

The idea of imitating the tiny chemical engines in plants, which essentially generate power from the sun by splitting water molecules, is not new and has energized science since the 19th century. Commercially available electrolyses devices can split water, but they are costly and need clean water. / FlickR

Nocera’s solution can use even human waste water, “from the front and back”, as he put it euphemistically.”

Source: http://www.livemint.com/2011/03/23001656/Tata-signs-up-MIT-energy-guru.html
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