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Finalists for the European Inventor Award 2014- Cinquin, Cosnier, Gondran, Giroud (France)

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.

The invention by Philippe Cinquin, Serge Cosnier and their team at Joseph Fourier University in France is effectively a "living battery" - a fuel cell and conductive wires modified with reactive enzymes that have the power to tap into the body's endless supply of glucose and convert the simple sugar, which constitutes the energy source of living cells, into electricity (...).

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Category: Research

Sector: Renewable energy

Organisation: Joseph Fourier University

Patent number: EP2375481