Microbial fuel cells are types of energy storage devices that slowly harvest energy (ions) from their environment. This workshop details the research-creation process the artist followed during the creation of their open-source microbial fuel cells and explains each step of the recreation process while providing multiple avenues and tools to explore. Halpenny’s interest in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) and desire to use them within their artworks led the artist through a garden of pay-walled papers, missing schematics, and illusory parts. MFCs offer us a new sustainable energy harvesting paradigm that works with our natural ecosystems yet their details are often kept from the public.

Matthew Halpenny

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