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Small-scale microbial fuel cells utilising uric salts

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

Authors

Jiseon You Jiseon.You@uwe.ac.uk
Research Fellow - Bristol BioEnergy Centre

Chris Melhuish Chris.Melhuish@uwe.ac.uk
AVC - Advanced Technologies & Professor of Robotics & Autonomous Systems



Abstract

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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2014
Journal Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments
Print ISSN 2213-1388
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Pages 60-63
APA6 Citation Ieropoulos, I., Melhuish, C., Greenman, J., You, J., You, J., Greenman, J., …Ieropoulos, I. (2014). Small-scale microbial fuel cells utilising uric salts. Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, 6, 60-63. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seta.2014.01.005
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seta.2014.01.005
Keywords uric salts, uric sludge, energy from waste, small-scale MFCs, urine
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.seta.2014.01.005

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