18 Year Old Schools Canada On Waste

There is a teenager out in BC who has a plan to not only clean up a bunch of our waste water but generate some power while doing it. The plan involves bio-engineering micro-organisms. Changing their DNA so they not only clean our sewage water but produce electricity in the process.

Photo by Eric Erbe, digital colorization by Christopher Pooley, both of USDA, ARS, EMU.

Photo by Eric Erbe, digital colorization by Christopher Pooley, both of USDA, ARS, EMU.

The 18 year old scientist has been working on the idea for some time, since grade 8, and it has earned him no small number of accolades including a $75,000 prize from the top science fair in the world. Canadian high school student Austin Wang from Vancouver took home the coveted Gordon E. Moore Award in May at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz.

 

At the time Austin said ““I did some work with chemical fuel cells. And in Grade 9, when I found out that bacteria can actually do the same thing, I thought that was just the coolest thing ever, that’s when I started working on microbial fuel cells.”

 

You can learn more about Austin and his ideas and see a video with an interview here.

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