Continuous microbial fuel cells convert carbohydrates to electricity

Rabaey, K., Ossieur, W., Verhaege, M. and Verstraete, W. (2005) Continuous microbial fuel cells convert carbohydrates to electricity. Water Science & Technology, 52 1-2: 515-523.

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Author Rabaey, K.
Ossieur, W.
Verhaege, M.
Verstraete, W.
Title Continuous microbial fuel cells convert carbohydrates to electricity
Journal name Water Science & Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0273-1223
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 52
Issue 1-2
Start page 515
End page 523
Total pages 9
Place of publication London
Publisher IWA Publishing/Portland Press
Language eng
Subject 030406 Proteins and Peptides
0605 Microbiology
030604 Electrochemistry
Abstract Microbial fuel cells which are operated in continuous mode are more suitable for practical applications than fed batch ones. Three influent types containing carbohydrates were tested, i.e. a glucose medium, a plant extract and artificial wastewater. The anode reactor compartment yielding the best results was a packed bed reactor containing graphite granules. While in non-mediated batch systems power outputs up to 479 W m+3 of anode compartment could be attained; in continuous mode the power outputs were limited to 49 W m+3. Cyclic voltammetry was performed to determine the potential of the in-situ synthesized bacterial redox mediators. Addition of mediators with a potential similar to the bacterial potential did not significantly alter the MFC power output, indicating a limited influence of soluble mediators for continuous microbial fuel cells. Maximum coulombic and energy conversion efficiencies were, for the continuous microbial fuel cell operating on plant extract at a loading rate of 1 kg COD m+3 of anode compartment per day, 50.3% and 26.0% respectively. Keywords Biofuel cell; glucose; sucrose; flow through; wastewater; plant sap
Keyword biofuel cell
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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