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Wright Flyer Paper : Waste to Watts and Water; Enabling Self-Contained Facilities Using Microbial Fuel Cells, Vol. 37

By Major Amanda Sue Birch, P. E., USAF

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Title: Wright Flyer Paper : Waste to Watts and Water; Enabling Self-Contained Facilities Using Microbial Fuel Cells, Vol. 37  
Author: Major Amanda Sue Birch, P. E., USAF
Volume: 37
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Technology, Microbial Fuel Cells
Collections: Technology, Business Strategy, Authors Community, Biology, Military Science, Agriculture, Finance, Economy, Political Sociology, Sociology, Literature, Naval Science, Political Science
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Publisher: Air University Press
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Sue Birch, P. E., Usa, M. A. (n.d.). Wright Flyer Paper : Waste to Watts and Water; Enabling Self-Contained Facilities Using Microbial Fuel Cells, Vol. 37. Retrieved from http://self.gutenberg.org/


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Lack of investment in future agile combat-support technologies could lead to a strategic surprise that diverts military attention and resources from critical air, space, and cyber operations. Looking to the national security environment in 2030, this research explores one technology—the microbial fuel cell (MFC)—that gives life to self-contained facilities decoupled from vulnerable supply lines and infrastructure networks. MFCs can dispose of waste (sewage, food scraps, gray water, etc.) while producing clean water (up to 70 percent of required volumes) and power (up to 600 watts per person). Using relevance tree methodology, the research concludes that USAF research and development investment alone will not bring MFCs to fruition. A successful strategy for MFCs will be collaborative, addressing not only the technological barriers but also the key social, industrial, and political hurdles to enabling this capability.


 

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