Microbial Fuel Cell Technology

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University of South Wales


Chemical, Energy and Renewables, Environment and Sustainability, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences

About The Opportunity:

Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are high-potential technologies that could revolutionise many processes by making available the chemical energy in waste streams. MFCs convert chemical energy, available in a bioconvertible substrate (e.g. wastewater), directly into electricity, hydrogen or other products without the typical carbon emissions. Power densities of >30 W/m3 have been achieved. The design is fully compatible with many anode and cathode material choices and bacteria, and can adopt new sub-system breakthroughs as they occur. Applications include wastewater treatment, and metal / compound recovery and separation. 


  • Electricity generation
  • Wastewater treatment (WWT)
  • Hydrogen production and valuable compound generation (e.g. Caustic Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide)
  • Metal / compound recovery and separation
  • Bioremediation

Key Benefits:

  • Power densities of >30 W/m3 have been achieved
  • An ability to maintain high power densities as the system is scaled up
  • Technology agnostic design

IP Status:

A patent (GB2450703) has been granted.


The university is now seeking licensing and collaborative research partners.

For more information please contact Donna March (Tel: +44 (0)1443 482776) or use the form below.