Nano-watt fueling from a micro-scale microbial fuel cell using black tea waste
AuthorsRojas, Jhonathan Prieto
Alqarni, Wejdan Mohammed Mofleh
Kalantan, Kalthom Kamil Saleh
Hussain, Muhammad Mustafa
Mink, Justine E.
KAUST DepartmentComputer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division
Electrical Engineering Program
Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
Environmental Science and Engineering Program
Integrated Nanotechnology Lab
Research Park and Innovation Cluster, Dow Chemical Co., Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
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AbstractIn this report, we show the rapid assessment of black tea as potential fuel to power up nanopower systems using a microsized, simplistic and sustainable air-cathode microbial fuel cell. It was found that tea produced more power compared with traditional sodium acetate media due in part to its acidophilic pH and its higher organics content. Although high internal resistance remains a big concern, this simple, curiosity-driven experiment gave us the preliminary results to say that energy could be extracted from the reuse of waste resources such the collection of our afternoon-tea's leftovers.
CitationRojas JP, Alqarni W, Kalantan K, Hussain MM, Mink J (2015) Nano-watt fueling from a micro-scale microbial fuel cell using black tea waste. 2015 IEEE 15th International Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE-NANO). Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/NANO.2015.7388776.
Conference/Event name15th IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology, IEEE-NANO 2015