All that wastewater has to go somewhere, right? That’s where these bio-electrochemical systems come in. Little tiny microbes work over some time to give us power and clean up after us. This energy breakthrough puts microbes inside the waste to munch on the organic gunk and provide us with electricity. Talk about getting two birds with one stone! Not only are these powerful microbes reducing pollution in our water, but they’re providing us with energy and electricity.
According to Science Direct, “It utilizes the bacteria in the wastewater, supplying oxygen via aeration to encourage the oxidation of organic compounds into carbon dioxide. The large amount of energy available to the bacteria in this aerobic digestion leads to rapid growth, which in turn removes the organic matter at a high rate.” It’s wasteful to get rid of all that waste and let it go down the drain, which is why these microbes are life-changing (Science Direct).