A novel electron acceptor for microbial fuel cells: Nature of circuit connection on internal resistance


<!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-1610611985 1107304683 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-alt:"Arial Rounded MT Bold"; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-520092929 1073786111 9 0 415 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:10.0pt; margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;} .MsoPapDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; margin-bottom:10.0pt; line-height:115%;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} --> The generation of electricity from high strength abattoir waste water has been demonstrated to be feasible at room temperature, using a novel electron acceptor as catholyte with the potential of prolong usage in dual-chambered microbial fuel cell (MFC) systems with agar- salt bridge inter-connection. The utilization of this electron acceptor in the single dual-chambered and double dual-chambered MFC’s in parallel and series was observed to produce an open circuit voltage of 1560mV, 1400mV and 2860mV respectively. Maximum power density was observed to be 12.26mW/m2, 20.71mW/m2 for the single dual-chambered and double dual-chambered in parallel respectively. However, due to very high internal resistance of the double dual-chambered in series (>9999Ω) a very poor polarization data was obtained. Current densities at maximum power for the single dual-chambered and double dual-chambered in parallel were observed to be 16.09mA/m2 and 35.77mA/m2 with internal resistances 4000Ω and 600Ω respectively.   

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