Glucose biofuel cells could provide sustainable power for human implants

A French research team has successfully implanted glucose biofuel cells in rats — yielding enough electricity to run a pacemaker without the need for a battery.

Led by Joseph Fournier University biomedical engineer Phllippe Cinquin, the research team found that the implanted biofuel cell — which generate electricity by using enzymes to oxidize the glucose already in the body — was able to consistently generate up to 6.5 microwatts, with a maximum output of 24.4 microwatts. The average pacemaker only needs 10 microwatts.

Advertisement

Cinquin hopes than in 5 to 10 years, the glucose biofuel cells could be used to run human implants like bone growth simulators, insulin pumps, and biosensors, as well as pacemakers.

(Via PhysOrg)

Share This Story

Get our newsletter