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What if houses were powered by milk?

Phillips, Neil; Adamatzky, Andrew; Mayne, Richard


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Dr Neil Phillips
Research Associate in CWCR (ENDOWS Drought)

Richard Mayne
Lecturer in Maths Supporting Science


© 2017 Elsevier B.V. Living architectures and green energy are hot topics of the applied sciences. They aim to develop buildings that co-live with their environment and co-habit with people they house. An ultimate goal would be to make every block in a building capable of producing energy. We present results of scoping, and somewhat illustrative, experiments on generating electrical energy in modified aerated concrete blocks. These blocks are commonly used in modern building industry and therefore make an ideal candidate for ‘inbuilt’ microbial bio-reactors. We fill the blocks with milk to evaluate electro-generation potential of a pasteurised milk and to study power generating potential of the medium nutrient rich for micro-organisms. We assess the practicality of using bio-reactors which become colonised by local micro-flora.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 1, 2017
Journal BioSystems
Print ISSN 0303-2647
Electronic ISSN 1872-8324
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 153-154
Pages 1-5
APA6 Citation Phillips, N., Adamatzky, A., & Mayne, R. (2017). What if houses were powered by milk?. BioSystems, 153-154, 1-5.
Keywords living architectures
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