From waste to power: chicken feathers offer clean energy solution
By Brett RuffellNews Energy Week Research
Scientists uncover sustainable breakthrough: fuel cells made from chicken feathers.
Researchers from NTU and ETH Zurich have discovered a sustainable way to create fuel cells using chicken feathers.
By extracting keratin from the feathers and processing it into ultra-fine fibres, the team created a thin membrane capable of conducting protons.
This feather-based membrane was tested in a commercial fuel cell setup and successfully powered an LED lamp, small fan, and toy car.
Unlike conventional fuel cells that use toxic chemicals, the keratin-based membrane is environmentally friendly and produced in a green process that doesn’t emit carbon.
Additionally, the abundance of industrial chicken feather waste makes this membrane up to three times cheaper to produce than conventional ones.
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