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EPO – Finalist Research – Implantable biofuel cell that runs on glucose, Philippe Cinquin, Serge Cosnier

Invention: Implantable biofuel cell that runs on glucose

What if implants such as pacemakers could receive their energy not from batteries but from the human body itself, preventing the risk and cost of replacement surgery? A team of French scientists successfully implanted a micro-device that generates electricity from the glucose in the blood of a mammal – a major step forward in the quest for a power source that can operate on its own and doesn’t need to be recharged.

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