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Principles and technology of microbial fuel cells

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PLANTPOWER (PlantPower - Living plants in microbial fuel cells for clean, renewable, sustainable, efficient, in-situ bioenergy production)
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Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC) are bioelectrochemical systems (BES) where at least one of the two redox reactions is catalysed by a biological component (i.e. a whole bacterial cell, an enzyme or a metabolite). The involvement of biological catalysis differentiates them from chemical fuel cells (CFC). BES represents a technology capable to produce power, but also to poise an environmental site at a given redox potential. Moreover, valuable chemicals can be harvested such as hydrogen, methane, organic compounds, hydrogen peroxide or sodium hydroxide. Plenty of other application possibilities for BES have been reported at the level of ‘proof of principle’. Hence, the challenge is to upgrade BES from the lab-scale level to full-scale application and to demonstrate appropriate opportunities in terms of overall economics. Therefore, it is important to find niches where BES technology has clear cut advantages in terms of overall Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) relative to its competitors to turn BES into a mature technology. This chapter reviews recent advantages and challenges of BES from principals to applications.
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sustainable technology, bioelectrochemical systems, biofilm, environmental engineering, anaerobic respiration

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Arends, Jan, Joachim Desloover, Sebastià Puig, and Willy Verstraete. 2012. “Principles and Technology of Microbial Fuel Cells.” In Fuel Cells Science and Engineering : Materials, Systems, Processes and Technology, ed. Detlef Stolten and Bernd Emonts, 147–184. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH.
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Arends, Jan, Desloover, J., Puig, S., & Verstraete, W. (2012). Principles and technology of microbial fuel cells. In D. Stolten & B. Emonts (Eds.), Fuel cells science and engineering : materials, systems, processes and technology (pp. 147–184). Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH.
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Arends J, Desloover J, Puig S, Verstraete W. Principles and technology of microbial fuel cells. In: Stolten D, Emonts B, editors. Fuel cells science and engineering : materials, systems, processes and technology. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH; 2012. p. 147–84.
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Arends, Jan, Joachim Desloover, Sebastià Puig, et al. “Principles and Technology of Microbial Fuel Cells.” Fuel Cells Science and Engineering : Materials, Systems, Processes and Technology. Ed. Detlef Stolten & Bernd Emonts. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH, 2012. 147–184. Print.
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  author       = {Arends, Jan and Desloover, Joachim and Puig, Sebasti{\`a}  and Verstraete, Willy},
  booktitle    = {Fuel cells science and engineering : materials, systems, processes and technology},
  editor       = {Stolten, Detlef and Emonts, Bernd},
  isbn         = {9783527330126},
  keyword      = {sustainable technology,bioelectrochemical systems,biofilm,environmental engineering,anaerobic respiration},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {147--184},
  publisher    = {Wiley-VCH},
  title        = {Principles and technology of microbial fuel cells},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9783527650248.ch6},
  year         = {2012},
}

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