UM Basks In The ‘Electrifying’ Green Glow Generated by Algae
University of Malaya has successfully harnessed the potential of tropical algae collected from waste water to generate sustainable electricity. That ground-breaking breakthrough undertaken by a collaborative Malaysia-UK team earned them the coveted Newton Prize. UM’s Professor Phang Siew Moi, the project’s lead researcher speaks to AWANI Review Editor Razak Chik on the team’s eureka moment.
PROBLEM: What to do with tropical algae found in wastewater especially those generated by palm oil mills in remote rural locations found in Sabah and Sarawak. SOLUTION: Develop an integrated microbial fuel cell prototype that can power a small device and at the same time lower CO2 emissions and treat wastewater. RESEARCH PROJECT: Integrating Algal Biophotovoltaics For Bioelectricity Production. GRANT: Newton-Ungku Omar Fund with the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and the British Council. RESEARCH CO-LEADERS: Professor Phang...
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