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Influence of electrode spacing and fed-batch operation on the maximum performance trend of a soil microbial fuel cell

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Simeon, Meshack Imologie ; Freitag, Ruth:
Influence of electrode spacing and fed-batch operation on the maximum performance trend of a soil microbial fuel cell.
In: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. Vol. 47 (2022) Issue 24 . - pp. 12304-12316.
ISSN 0360-3199
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2021.11.110

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Project financing: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

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The effect of electrode spacing on the performance of a soil microbial fuel cell (MFC) under fed-batch treatment with synthetic urine medium (SUM) was investigated at 2, 5, and 8 cm electrode spacing. The electrodes consisted of stainless-steel mesh with nano-porous layers of carbon-black. The MFCs were fed with SUM when the natural substrate of the medium was exhausted. Initial feeding resulted in 79.6, 108.7, and 103.1% increase in OCV with a proportional percentage increase in power at 2, 5, and 8 cm electrode spacing. Six days after the first feeding, the power was 189.9, 150.7, and 108. 5 mW/m2 in ascending order of electrode spacing. With more extended treatment, the overall maximum power was obtained at 8 cm spacing. In ascending order of electrode spacing, the highest power (207.92, 263.38, and 271.1 mW/m2) was obtained on days 39, 42, and 93, respectively. The study shows that a larger anode-to-cathode distance requires a longer time for the soil MFC to achieve stable and maximum performance in fed-batch operation.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Microbial fuel cell; soil; electrode spacing; fed-batch; optimization; bio-electricity
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science
Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science > Chair Process Biotechnology
Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science > Chair Process Biotechnology > Chair Process Biotechnology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ruth Freitag
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 600 Technology
600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 620 Engineering
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2022 05:46
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2022 06:50
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/71449