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May 04, 2007

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Beer Maker, Scientists To Create Energy
By Rod Mcguirk
May 3, 2007 7:55AM

The fuel cell derived from beer waste water is essentially a battery in which bacteria consume water-soluble brewing waste such as sugar, starch and alcohol. The battery produces electricity plus clean water, said Professor Jurg Keller, the university's wastewater expert.

Scientists and Australian beer maker Foster's are teaming up to generate clean energy from brewery waste water -- by using sugar-consuming bacteria.

The experimental technology was unveiled Wednesday by scientists at Australia's University of Queensland, which was given a $115,000 state government grant to install a microbial fuel cell at a Foster's Group brewery near Brisbane, the capital of Queensland state.

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I thought they were in the business of making waste water anyway.

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