Power of the mud

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Robotic artist Paul Granjon and bio-engineer Michka Melo are exploring the usability of microbial fuel cells for powering small robotic, sensing, interactive systems. Microbial fuel cells work by harnessing the electron-releasing capability of certain types of bacteria widely found in soil and mud. Paul and Michka have started working together on Microbial Fuel Cells in 2016.

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They will use sediment mud from Barry Island, Wales, to power a pair of small twitchy robots.

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The mud is rich in Shewanella bacteria, see above.

Presently Michka and Paul are working on a pair of sloth-inspired minibots.

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With support from FabCre8 @ Cardiff School of Art and Design