Bacteria Powered Rocket Thrusters

Bacteria Powered Rocket Thrusters
Design

An sustainable fuel system that makes use of potentially hazardous byproducts.

Lisa Baldini
  • 28 july 2010

In a move that builds on current ecological processes to create energy, Stanford researchers are developing a system that turns sewage waste into rocket fuel. Exploiting the fact that bacteria operate in high concentration in sewage waste, researchers are looking to turn their byproduct, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), into a viable energy source for rocket thrusters:

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