Nashua High School North
Bacteria powered battery
The Nashua High School North InvenTeam will invent a triple-functioning bacteria powered battery which will use the metabolic processes of bacteria found in soil, compost, or manure to generate electricity, produce methane, and create nitrate-rich agricultural fertilizer. The bacteria powered battery will be an inexpensive source of electrical power primarily to be used in rural villages of less developed countries in order to provide them with access to tools such as lighting and computers. The battery would be equally useful for villages to provide cheap electricity, where manure is readily available as a fuel source, and for homes with septic systems in the United States to reduce dependence on fossil-fuel generated electricity. The final product itself will be inexpensive compared to other alternative energy technologies, costing only about $5,000 to $9,000 to manufacture and/or purchase. The intent is to allow global non-governmental organizations specializing in providing alternative energy technologies to impoverished rural families to buy or rent the Bacteria Powered Battery and then install it in less developed countries for little to no cost to the end users.