Scaling up microbial fuel cells and other bioelectrochemical systems
AuthorsLogan, Bruce E.
KAUST Grant NumberKUS-I1-003-13
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AbstractScientific research has advanced on different microbial fuel cell (MFC) technologies in the laboratory at an amazing pace, with power densities having reached over 1 kW/m3 (reactor volume) and to 6.9 W/m2 (anode area) under optimal conditions. The main challenge is to bring these technologies out of the laboratory and engineer practical systems for bioenergy production at larger scales. Recent advances in new types of electrodes, a better understanding of the impact of membranes and separators on performance of these systems, and results from several new pilot-scale tests are all good indicators that commercialization of the technology could be possible within a few years. Some of the newest advances and future challenges are reviewed here with respect to practical applications of these MFCs for renewable energy production and other applications. © 2009 Springer-Verlag.
CitationLogan BE (2009) Scaling up microbial fuel cells and other bioelectrochemical systems. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 85: 1665–1671. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00253-009-2378-9.
SponsorsThis author is grateful for funding by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST; Award KUS-I1-003-13), the National Science Foundation (CBET-0730359 and CBET-0803137), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (RFH-7-77623-01), and the Paul L. Bush award administered by the Water Environment Research Foundation.
CollectionsPublications Acknowledging KAUST Support
- Separator characteristics for increasing performance of microbial fuel cells.
- Authors: Zhang X, Cheng S, Wang X, Huang X, Logan BE
- Issue date: 2009 Nov 1
- Analysis and improvement of a scaled-up and stacked microbial fuel cell.
- Authors: Dekker A, Ter Heijne A, Saakes M, Hamelers HV, Buisman CJ
- Issue date: 2009 Dec 1
- Recent developments in microbial fuel cell technologies for sustainable bioenergy.
- Authors: Watanabe K
- Issue date: 2008 Dec
- Recent advances in the separators for microbial fuel cells.
- Authors: Li WW, Sheng GP, Liu XW, Yu HQ
- Issue date: 2011 Jan
- Understanding long-term changes in microbial fuel cell performance using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.
- Authors: Borole AP, Aaron D, Hamilton CY, Tsouris C
- Issue date: 2010 Apr 1