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Overview of Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) Recent Advancement from Fundamentals to Applications: MFC Designs, Major Elements, and Scalability

Version 1 : Received: 31 October 2018 / Approved: 2 November 2018 / Online: 2 November 2018 (10:04:38 CET)

How to cite: Flimban, S.G.A.; Kim, T.; Ismail, I.M.I.; Oh, S. Overview of Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) Recent Advancement from Fundamentals to Applications: MFC Designs, Major Elements, and Scalability. Preprints 2018, 2018100763 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0763.v1). Flimban, S.G.A.; Kim, T.; Ismail, I.M.I.; Oh, S. Overview of Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) Recent Advancement from Fundamentals to Applications: MFC Designs, Major Elements, and Scalability. Preprints 2018, 2018100763 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0763.v1).

Abstract

Fossil fuels and carbon origin resources are affecting our environment. Therefore, alternative energy sources have to be established to co-produce energy along with fossil fuels and carbon origin resources until it is the right time to replace them. Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) is a promising technology in the field of energy production. Compared to the conventional power sources it is more efficient and not controlled by the Carnot cycle. Its high efficiencies, low noise, and less pollutant output could make it revolutionize in the power generation industry with a shift from centrally located generating stations and long-distance transmission lines to dispersed power generation at load sites. In this review, several characteristics of the MFC technology will be highlighted. First, a brief history of abiotic to biological fuel cells and subsequently, microbial fuel cells is presented. Second, the focus is then shifted to elements responsible for the making MFC working with efficiency. Setup of the MFC system for every element and their assembly is then introduced, followed by an explanation of the working machinery principle. Finally, microbial fuel cell designs and types of main configurations used are presented along with scalability of the technology for the proper application.

Subject Areas

Microbial fuel cell (MFC); fuel cell elements; design; energy generation; Scaling up; configuration

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