01 Jun '12, 7pm

Energy Innovation: Snails and Griddies

Ask most people to describe vanguard energy technology, and they’ll name LED lights, certain forms of solar energy and new electric storage methods. But how about this — generating energy from a living body? The Journal of the American Chemical Society is reporting a “real-life scientific tail of the first electrified snail.” Researchers have placed a fuel cell in a snail that generates energy using sugar naturally produced by the snail’s body. Consider it the ultimate in distributed generation. The AMC sees potential for the tiny electrical devices “perhaps for future spy cameras, eavesdropping microphones and other electronics.” The researchers induced a current in the living snail by inserting into its shell two electrodes made of carbon nanotubes. They coated the electrodes with enzymes to foster a chemical reaction. One electrode pulled electrons from glucose in the s...

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