THE ‘‘rabbit of the river’’ could be useful for something after all.
Researchers are set to consider whether carp scales could be used to generate energy.
It is part of the National Carp Control Plan’s study into possible uses for the masses of dead carp expected if the proposed herpes virus is released in Australian waterways.
National Carp Control coordinator Matt Barwick said it is clearly shown in the research fish scales are able to produce power.
‘‘I am not sure we will see any cities powered by carp scales just yet,’’ he said.
‘‘That said we are always learning about our wondrous world and while powering big things may not be plausible, smaller devices requiring less power, especially where there is none could be something the researchers find a solution for.’’
The research, by Applied Physics Letters, shows fish scales that were used as a power source to generate an output voltage of 4V.