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Re: [IP] Power from blood could lead to 'human batteries'



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Subject: [IP] Power from blood could lead to 'human batteries'


> <A
HREF="http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/08/03/1059849278131.html">Power
> from blood could lead to 'human batteries' - smh.com.au</A>
>
> Power from blood could lead to 'human batteries'
> August 4 2003
>
> A device that produces electricity from blood could be used to turn people
> into "human batteries".
>
> Researchers in Japan are developing a method of drawing power from blood
> glucose, mimicking the way the body generates energy from food.
>
> Theoretically, it could allow a person to pump out 100 watts - enough to
> illuminate a light bulb.
>
> But that would entail converting all the food eaten by the individual into
> electricity. In practice, less power would be generated since food is
needed
> by
> the body.
>
> However the scientists say the "bio-nano" generator could be used to run
> devices embedded in the body, or sugar-fed robots.
>
>
> The team at electronics giant Panasonic's Nanotechnology Research
Laboratory
> near Kyoto has so far only managed to produce very low power levels.
>
> But the scientists ultimately expect to gain much greater performance from
> the device.
>
> The battery is based on an enzyme capable of stripping glucose of its
> electrons, The Engineer magazine reported.
>
> Dr Kazuo Eda, heading the research, said: "It is like the metabolism of
food.
> Human bodies can process glucose and obtain energy. When glucose is
oxidised,
> electrons can be obtained."
>
> He believed bio-nano fuel cells were the next step for researchers after
> generators powered by hydrogen, natural gas and methanol now being
developed
> for
> the car and energy industries.
>
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