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Small-scale microbial fuel cells utilising uric salts

You, J.; Greenman, J.; Melhuish, C.; Ieropoulos, I.

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Jiseon You
Lecturer in Engineering/ Project Management

Chris Melhuish
Professor of Robotics & Autonomous Systems

Yannis Ieropoulos
Professor in Bioenergy & Director of B-B


With exhausting fossil fuels and increasing greenhouse gas emissions, numerous attempts, to overcome future energy challenges, are being pursued. In this study, small-scale microbial fuel cells (MFCs, 0.7mL anodic chamber volume) were built to investigate their electrical performance with uric salts as fuel for power generation. When uric salts were added to other substrates such as urine or sewage sludge, results showed improved power generation and longevity. The small-scale MFCs produced a comparable amount of power output (PMAX: 11.09mW/m2; 44.36W/m3) to that produced by larger MFCs, which suggests that MFC miniaturisation and multiplication is a sound approach for scale-up and practical implementation. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.


You, J., Greenman, J., Melhuish, C., & Ieropoulos, I. (2014). Small-scale microbial fuel cells utilising uric salts. Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, 6, 60-63.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 8, 2014
Online Publication Date Feb 7, 2014
Publication Date Jun 1, 2014
Deposit Date Sep 24, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 22, 2016
Journal Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments
Print ISSN 2213-1388
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Pages 60-63
Keywords uric salts, uric sludge, energy from waste, small-scale MFCs, urine
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