Electricity production from synthesis gas in a multi-electrode microbial fuel cell

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1002/jctb.4131
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Journal titleJournal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology
Pages499507; # of pages: 9
SubjectCarbon monoxide; Microbial fuel cells; Temperature; Electricity production; Electrode arrangement; Maximum power density; Multi-electrode; Operating temperature; Synthesis gasses (syngas); Thermophilic conditions; Volumetric efficiency; Synthesis gas; article; economic aspect; electricity; electrode; electron; gas; inoculation; microbial activity; microbial fuel cell; temperature
AbstractBACKGROUND: Electricity production in single-anode/cathode MFCs fed with simulated synthesis gas (syngas) as the sole electron donor has recently been demonstrated. This study evaluated the ability of a multi-anode/cathode MFC fed with syngas to achieve improved volumetric efficiency at several operating temperatures and electrode arrangements. RESULTS: A maximum power density of 33 mW LR-1 (normalized to the anodic compartment volume) and a coulombic efficiency (CE) of 43% was achieved at an operating temperature of 37°C. MFC operation at 50°C resulted in a much lower power density of 10 mW LR-1 and a CE of 15%. The MFC power density was greatly impacted by the electrode arrangement and the highest power density was achieved in a three anode-two cathode (3A-2C) arrangement. CONCLUSION: The multi-electrode design enhanced the performance of a syngas-fed MFC, which could have major economic and operational implications for designing large-scale syngas-fed MFCs. The MFC performance at elevated temperatures was restricted by low microbial activity, implying that a thermophilic rather than a mesophilic inoculum might be required for successful operation under thermophilic conditions. © 2013 Society of Chemical Industry.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada (NRC-CNRC); Energy, Mining and Environment (EME-EME)
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NPARC number21272273
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