Microbial fuel cells: Novel biotechnology for energy generation

Rabaey, Korneel and Verstraete, William (2005) Microbial fuel cells: Novel biotechnology for energy generation. Trends in Biotechnology, 23 6: 291-298. doi:10.1016/j.tibtech.2005.04.008

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Author Rabaey, Korneel
Verstraete, William
Title Microbial fuel cells: Novel biotechnology for energy generation
Journal name Trends in Biotechnology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0167-7799
1879-3096
Publication date 2005-06
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.tibtech.2005.04.008
Volume 23
Issue 6
Start page 291
End page 298
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier Science
Language eng
Subject 030604 Electrochemistry
0605 Microbiology
Abstract Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) provide new opportunities for the sustainable production of energy from biodegradable, reduced compounds. MFCs function on different carbohydrates but also on complex substrates present in wastewaters. As yet there is limited information available about the energy metabolism and nature of the bacteria using the anode as electron acceptor; few electron transfer mechanisms have been established unequivocally. To optimize and develop energy production by MFCs fully this knowledge is essential. Depending on the operational parameters of the MFC, different metabolic pathways are used by the bacteria. This determines the selection and performance of specific organisms. Here we discuss how bacteria use an anode as an electron acceptor and to what extent they generate electrical output. The MFC technology is evaluated relative to current alternatives for energy generation.
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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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