Sustainable power measurement for a microbial fuel cell

Joseph Anthony Menicucci, Haluk Beyenal, Enrico Marsili, Raaja Raajan Angathevar Veluchamy, Goksel Demir, Zbigniew Lewandowski

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Abstract

Power generated by microbial fuel cells (MFC) is at a maximum when the rate of charge transfer to/from the current limiting electrode is at a maximum; this power is called the maximum sustainable power. This power is used to determine what external devices can be attached to the fuel cell and the maximum power the cell can deliver continuously. Predicting the external resistance that is associated with the maximum sustainable power in MFC is difficult because the operator has limited influence on the main factor that controls power generation: the rate of charge transfer at the current limiting electrode. To avoid these difficulties, and to utilize the maximum power of MFC, an empirical procedure is designed to predict the maximum sustainable power. This procedure characterizes the best possible way to operate a fuel cell. The procedure is simple, the fuel cell can be characterized within an hour. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase (Cincinnati, OH 10/30/2005-11/4/2005).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication05AIChE
Subtitle of host publication2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase, Conference Proceedings
PublisherAmerican Institute of Chemical Engineers
ISBN (Print)0816909962, 9780816909964
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase - Cincinnati, OH, United States
Duration: Oct 30 2005Nov 4 2005

Publication series

NameAIChE Annual Meeting Conference Proceedings
Volume2005

Other

Other05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase
CountryUnited States
CityCincinnati, OH
Period10/30/0511/4/05

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)

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