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EPSRC Reference: GR/S80448/01
Title: Pilot Study: Self sustaining continuous microbial fuel cells
Principal Investigator: Greenman, Emeritus Professor J
Other Investigators:
Melhuish, Professor C Hart, Professor J
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Department: Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences
Organisation: University of the West of England
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 April 2004 Ends: 30 September 2005 Value (£): 55,418
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Cells Fuel Cell Technologies
Instrumentation Eng. & Dev.
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No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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The ultimate challenge is to substitute fossil fuels (with their negative impact on the environment) with 'green' technology that works within the immediate carbon-cycle. One such system includes microbial fuel cells (MFC) that utilize a wide variety of cheap and widely available biological substrates, including low grade waste, to produce power. Geobacter MFCs can utilise acetate, a by-product of conventional systems that transform agricultural waste into hydrogen (a problem facing the sourcing of hydrogen for H2 fuel cells). Geobacter are fundamentally different since they form monolayers on electrode surfaces and use the anode as their end terminal electron acceptor. They don't require mediator and can run continuously without loss of power.
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