Metabolic and practical considerations on microbial electrosynthesis

Rabae, Korneel, Girguis, Peter and Nielsen, Lars K (2011) Metabolic and practical considerations on microbial electrosynthesis. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 22 3: 371-377. doi:10.1016/j.copbio.2011.01.010

Author Rabae, Korneel
Girguis, Peter
Nielsen, Lars K
Title Metabolic and practical considerations on microbial electrosynthesis
Journal name Current Opinion in Biotechnology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0958-1669
Publication date 2011-06-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.copbio.2011.01.010
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 22
Issue 3
Start page 371
End page 377
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract The production of biofuels and biochemicals is highly electron intensive. To divert fermentative and respiratory pathways to the product of interest, additional electrons (i.e. reducing power) are often needed. Meanwhile, the past decade has seen the breakthrough of sustainable electricity sources such as solar and wind. Microbial electrosynthesis (MES) is at the nexus of both, as it uses electrical energy as source of reducing power for microorganisms. This review addresses the key opportunities and challenges for MES. While exciting as a concept, MES needs to overcome many biological, electrochemical, logistical and economic challenges. Particularly the latter is critical, as on a 'per electron basis' MES does not yet appear to deliver a substantial benefit relative to existing approaches.
Keyword Biofuels and biochemicals
Economic challenges
Electrical energy
Electricity source
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID DP0879245
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 23 February 2011.

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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