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A tubular microbial fuel cell

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Keith Scott, Cassandro Murano, Dr Gimi Rimbu


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Cell potential and power performance for tubular microbial fuel cells utilising manure as fuel are reported. The microbial fuel cells do not use a mediator, catalysts or a proton exchange membrane. The cell design has been scaled up to a size of 1.8 m in length using electrodes of 0.4 m2 in area. The cell does not require a strictly controlled anaerobic environment and has potential practical applications when adapted into the form of a helix allowing fuel to flow through it. The cell could be used for power generation in remote applications. The peak power density of the cell is over 3 μW cm -2 (30 mW m-2). The performance can be improved by a more effective design of the interface between the anode and cathode chambers. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

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Author(s): Scott K, Murano C, Rimbu G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Applied Electrochemistry

Year: 2007

Volume: 37

Issue: 9

Pages: 1063-1068

ISSN (print): 0021-891X

ISSN (electronic): 1572-8838

Publisher: Springer Netherlands


DOI: 10.1007/s10800-007-9355-8


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