A Remote, Self-Sustained System for Monitoring Water Quality Near Highways

This research project will enable in situ monitoring of water quality near highways (e.g., stormwater runoff that occurs in the spring) by applying a self-organized and sustainable sensing system. After their first deployment, sensors can operate continuously for many years without the need for recharging or replacing batteries because they are powered by novel microbial fuel cells (MFCs) that harvest electricity through electrochemical reactions using bacteria, which are abundant in streams. The sensing system automatically measures the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of water, periodically transmitting collected data wirelessly to a nearby base station and then on to a remote data center. This visionary technology takes advantage of technical breakthroughs found in the fields of MFCs, bioenergy harvesting, power regulation, data processing and management, sensor network, and wireless communication.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $249325
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Tchaou, Marcel

  • Performing Organizations:

    Montana State University, Bozeman

    College of Engineering
    Bozeman, MT  United States  59717
  • Start Date: 20130315
  • Expected Completion Date: 20150314
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01576056
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 22 2015 4:31PM