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100 years of microbial electricity production: three concepts for the future

Jan Arends UGent and Willy Verstraete UGent (2012) MICROBIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY. 5(3). p.333-346
abstract
Bioelectrochemical systems (BES) have been explored according to three main concepts: to produce energy from organic substrates, to generate products and to provide specific environmental services. In this work, by using an engineering approach, biological conversion rates are calculated for BES resp. anaerobic digestion. These rates are compared with currents produced by chemical batteries and chemical fuel cells in order to position BES in the energy-market. To evaluate the potential of generating various products, the biochemistry behind the biological conversion rates is examined in relation to terminal electron transfer molecules. By comparing kinetics rather than thermodynamics, more insight is gained in the biological bottlenecks that hamper a BES. The short-term future for BES research and its possible application is situated in smart niches in sustainable environmental development, i.e. in processes where no large currents or investment cost intensive reactors are needed to obtain the desired results. Some specific examples are identified.
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keyword
WASTE-WATER, GEOBACTER-SULFURREDUCENS, ELECTROCHEMICAL SYSTEMS, ANAEROBIC-DIGESTION, EXCHANGE MEMBRANES, CURRENT GENERATION, FUEL-CELLS, ANODE-RESPIRING BACTERIA, OUTER-MEMBRANE CYTOCHROMES, EXTRACELLULAR ELECTRON-TRANSFER
journal title
MICROBIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY
Microb. Biotechnol.
editor
Nico Boon UGent and Willy Verstraete UGent
volume
5
issue
3
issue title
Microbial resource management
pages
333 - 346
Web of Science type
Review
Web of Science id
000302858900004
ISSN
1751-7915
DOI
10.1111/j.1751-7915.2011.00302.x
project
Biotechnology for a sustainable economy (Bio-Economy)
project
PLANTPOWER (PlantPower - Living plants in microbial fuel cells for clean, renewable, sustainable, efficient, in-situ bioenergy production)
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have retained and own the full copyright for this publication
id
2105427
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2105427
date created
2012-05-13 11:27:02
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2014-05-26 10:02:56
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  author       = {Arends, Jan and Verstraete, Willy},
  editor       = {Boon, Nico and Verstraete, Willy},
  issn         = {1751-7915},
  journal      = {MICROBIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY},
  keyword      = {WASTE-WATER,GEOBACTER-SULFURREDUCENS,ELECTROCHEMICAL SYSTEMS,ANAEROBIC-DIGESTION,EXCHANGE MEMBRANES,CURRENT GENERATION,FUEL-CELLS,ANODE-RESPIRING BACTERIA,OUTER-MEMBRANE CYTOCHROMES,EXTRACELLULAR ELECTRON-TRANSFER},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {333--346},
  title        = {100 years of microbial electricity production: three concepts for the future},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-7915.2011.00302.x},
  volume       = {5},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Arends, Jan, and Willy Verstraete. 2012. “100 Years of Microbial Electricity Production: Three Concepts for the Future.” Ed. Nico Boon and Willy Verstraete. Microbial Biotechnology 5 (3): 333–346.
APA
Arends, Jan, & Verstraete, W. (2012). 100 years of microbial electricity production: three concepts for the future. (N. Boon & W. Verstraete, Eds.)MICROBIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY, 5(3), 333–346.
Vancouver
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Arends J, Verstraete W. 100 years of microbial electricity production: three concepts for the future. Boon N, Verstraete W, editors. MICROBIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY. 2012;5(3):333–46.
MLA
Arends, Jan, and Willy Verstraete. “100 Years of Microbial Electricity Production: Three Concepts for the Future.” Ed. Nico Boon & Willy Verstraete. MICROBIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY 5.3 (2012): 333–346. Print.