Microbial Fuel Cell Technology
University of South WalesSector(s):
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
- 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
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.