UK-Malaysia bioelectricity project wins Newton Prize
A project that generates sustainable electricity from effluent waste processing has been awarded with the Newton Prize worth £112,000.
UK and Malaysian researchers from the University of Cambridge and University of Malaya successfully developed an integrated microbial fuel cell prototype using tropical algae from wastewater.
The project is expected to help meet the demands for sustainable energy and cleaner wastewater in rural areas such as Sabah and Sarawak.
The Newton Prize recognises excellent research and innovation in support of economic development and social welfare in partnering countries.
Professor Phang Siew Moi from University of Malaya said: “With this Newton Prize, we are going to see part of our dream realised. We are going to come up with a working prototype. After that we hope to get an industry partner to join us in bringing this technology to palm oil mills and remote villages in Malaysia.”