Scientists in Australia are giving us another reason to drink—beer, that is, and only Foster’s. The brewery announced plans this week to join a team of scientists working to convert beer waste into electricity.
The experimental technology was unveiled Wednesday by scientists at Australia’s University of Queensland, which was given a $115,000 state government grant to install a microbial fuel cell at a Foster’s Group brewery near Brisbane, the capital of Queensland state.
The trash-to-treasure morph is thanks to bacteria that consume brewery waste—sugar, starch, and alcohol—and produce electricity and clean water in the process. “The complex technology harnesses the chemical energy that the bacteria releases from the organic material, converting it into electrical energy,” reports the AP.
The program is slated to begin by September, and is soon to be installed in all Foster’s breweries and wineries. Will this solve the energy crisis? Probably not. The amount of energy produced by one brewery is only enough to power one household.
But what if we drank more beer?