Bioelectrochemical systems (BESs) hold great promise for sustainable production of energy and chemicals. This review addresses the factors that are essential. performance for practical applications. T.H.; Ter Heijne, A.; Buisman, C.J.; Hamelers, H.V. Bioelectrochemical systems: An outlook for. Examples of such ‘bioelectrochemical systems’ (BES) are microbial fuel cells examines the use of BES to treat wastewater and generate electricity . For practical reasons, the hydrogen gas has been captured in plastic tubes .. The outlook.

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These studies corroborated the results obtained at lab scale: Hydrogen Energy 29, — MECs in particular have proved to be a robust and flexible technology capable of using pure compounds acetate, glucose, and glycerol Rozendal et al.

Two-phase anaerobic co-digestion of olive mill wastes in semi-continuous digesters at mesophilic temperature. A new method for water desalination using microbial desalination cells. Statistical Office of the European Communities. The role of anaerobic digestion in the emerging bbioelectrochemical economy.

Hydrogen and methane production from swine wastewater using microbial electrolysis cells.

Production of hydrogen from domestic wastewater using a bioelectrochemically assisted microbial reactor BEAMR. These experiences have proved that MECs may become a feasible technology for dWW treatment, bringing competitive advantages over conventional aerobic treatments from energy usage and environmental points of view. Moreover, these and many other studies Lee and Rittmann, ; Gil-Carrera et al. This phenomenon, known as hydrogen recycling Ruiz et al.

Hydrogen Energy 34, — It has also been demonstrated that CO 2 can be reduced to methane in microbial biocathodes Cheng et al.

Microbial electrolysis cells for high yield hydrogen gas production from organic matter. Sustainable fermentative hydrogen production: In this study, we have seen that the use of MEC technology may bring not only substantial energy savings when used as pretreatment to the aerobic step in a dWWT but also other environmental benefits through the reduced use of energy and through the displacement of hydrogen production by conventional means Foley et al.


Reduced energy consumption during low strength domestic wastewater treatment in a semi-pilot tubular microbial electrolysis cell. The goal is to develop biosynthetic microbial catalysts with engineered circuits to produce fuels. Prospects in bioelectrochemical technologies for wastewater treatment Simone Perazzoli Simone Perazzoli.

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Suggest a Research Topic. Fermentation pre-treatment of landfill leachate for enhanced electron recovery in a microbial electrolysis cell. Whereas in MFCs the presence of an oxidative agent usually oxygen causes the electrical current to flow spontaneously, MECs require a certain amount of electrical input to drive the redox reactions because no oxygen or oxidative agent is allowed to enter the cathode chamber.

Towards practical implementation of bioelectrochemical wastewater treatment. Significant economic benefits may also be obtained, provided future research allows MEC reactors to improve their present performance Escapa et systsms.

Microbial electrosynthesis — revisiting the electrical route for microbial production. Hydrogen peroxide is another valuable product that can be generated by stabilizing the oxygen reduction in the cathode of an MEC Rozendal et al.

Under microaerophilic conditions, Srikanth et al.

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It seems unlikely to build MEC units able to operate alone and treat several thousand of cubic meters per day. Using a similar approach as we did for energy consumption bioelectrochenical the biological treatment Eq. Anode microbial communities produced by changing from microbial fuel cell to microbial electrolysis cell operation using two different wastewaters.

Accelerated reduction of chlorinated nitroaromatic antibiotic chloramphenicol by biocathode. This review applicaitons the factors that are essential for practical application of BESs. All these factors point to an exciting and intellectually stimulating atmosphere in this field of research in the near future.


From This Paper Figures, tables, and topics from this paper. The use of bioelectrochemical reactors MFC in particular for wastewater treatment was first proposed in by Habermann and Pommerand since then, several treatment process trains that integrate BESs in a WWTP have been envisioned Rosenbaum et al. Microbial fuel cells in relation to conventional anaerobic digestion technology. However, the costs of operating treatment plants could be greatly reduced if we manage to use the energy in the wastewater.

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Although dWWTP can vary greatly in terms of their design, they often take the general form as shown in Biowlectrochemical 2 A, which includes the most characteristic elements of the water-treatment: Electricity generation from artificial wastewater using an upflow microbial fuel cell.

References Publications referenced by this paper. This means that you will not need to remember your user name and password in the future and you will be able to login with the account you choose to sync, with the click of a button. This study offers an overview of the potential of using MEC technology in domestic wastewater treatment plants dWWTPs to reduce the energy bill. For the sake of simplicity we will assume: Use of electrosynthesis for higher value chemical production is also likely to gain momentum in coming years [ 14 ].

Biological fuel cells with sulphide storage capacity.