Conversion of Wastes into Bioelectricity and Chemicals by Using Microbial Electrochemical Technologies

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/597878
Title:
Conversion of Wastes into Bioelectricity and Chemicals by Using Microbial Electrochemical Technologies
Authors:
Logan, B. E.; Rabaey, K.
Abstract:
Waste biomass is a cheap and relatively abundant source of electrons for microbes capable of producing electrical current outside the cell. Rapidly developing microbial electrochemical technologies, such as microbial fuel cells, are part of a diverse platform of future sustainable energy and chemical production technologies. We review the key advances that will enable the use of exoelectrogenic microorganisms to generate biofuels, hydrogen gas, methane, and other valuable inorganic and organic chemicals. Moreover, we examine the key challenges for implementing these systems and compare them to similar renewable energy technologies. Although commercial development is already underway in several different applications, ranging from wastewater treatment to industrial chemical production, further research is needed regarding efficiency, scalability, system lifetimes, and reliability.
Citation:
Logan BE, Rabaey K (2012) Conversion of Wastes into Bioelectricity and Chemicals by Using Microbial Electrochemical Technologies. Science 337: 686–690. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1217412.
Publisher:
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Journal:
Science
KAUST Grant Number:
KUS-I1-003-13
Issue Date:
9-Aug-2012
DOI:
10.1126/science.1217412
PubMed ID:
22879507
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0036-8075; 1095-9203
Sponsors:
This research was supported by award KUS-I1-003-13 from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (B.E.L.) and the Multidisciplinary Research Partnership Ghent Bio-Economy and the European Union Framework Programme 7 project “ProEthanol” (K.R.). The authors also wish to thank T. Lacoere and J. Desloover for assistance in preparing the draft figures and funding from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization Flagship cluster “Biotechnological solutions to Australia's transport energy and greenhouse gas challenges.”
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dc.contributor.authorLogan, B. E.en
dc.contributor.authorRabaey, K.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-25T12:58:14Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-25T12:58:14Zen
dc.date.issued2012-08-09en
dc.identifier.citationLogan BE, Rabaey K (2012) Conversion of Wastes into Bioelectricity and Chemicals by Using Microbial Electrochemical Technologies. Science 337: 686–690. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1217412.en
dc.identifier.issn0036-8075en
dc.identifier.issn1095-9203en
dc.identifier.pmid22879507en
dc.identifier.doi10.1126/science.1217412en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/597878en
dc.description.abstractWaste biomass is a cheap and relatively abundant source of electrons for microbes capable of producing electrical current outside the cell. Rapidly developing microbial electrochemical technologies, such as microbial fuel cells, are part of a diverse platform of future sustainable energy and chemical production technologies. We review the key advances that will enable the use of exoelectrogenic microorganisms to generate biofuels, hydrogen gas, methane, and other valuable inorganic and organic chemicals. Moreover, we examine the key challenges for implementing these systems and compare them to similar renewable energy technologies. Although commercial development is already underway in several different applications, ranging from wastewater treatment to industrial chemical production, further research is needed regarding efficiency, scalability, system lifetimes, and reliability.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was supported by award KUS-I1-003-13 from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (B.E.L.) and the Multidisciplinary Research Partnership Ghent Bio-Economy and the European Union Framework Programme 7 project “ProEthanol” (K.R.). The authors also wish to thank T. Lacoere and J. Desloover for assistance in preparing the draft figures and funding from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization Flagship cluster “Biotechnological solutions to Australia's transport energy and greenhouse gas challenges.”en
dc.publisherAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)en
dc.titleConversion of Wastes into Bioelectricity and Chemicals by Using Microbial Electrochemical Technologiesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalScienceen
dc.contributor.institutionPennsylvania State University, State College, United Statesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversiteit Gent, Ghent, Belgiumen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of Queensland, Brisbane, Australiaen
kaust.grant.numberKUS-I1-003-13en

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