Energy Generation From Corn Starch Effluent Using Microbial Fuel Cell Using Lead Electrodes
Keywords:Bio-energy, Environment, Microbial Fuel Cell, Renewable energy, Wastes materials
Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) is a promising alternative energy sources from organic wastes. MFC technology converts energy stored in organic compounds to electricity. This work investigated the viability of corn starch effluent as substrate (fuel) for bio-energy generation using MFC with the aid of Soldering Lead as electrodes. A dual chamber MFC was developed. Two plastic containers were used to house the anode and cathode solutions with PVC pipe serving as the Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) casing. The anodic chamber was charged with corn starch effluent mixed with a buffer solution while the cathode chamber contained Potassium ferry cyanide (K3Fe(CN)6) solution, a conductive material. The output currents and voltages were measured using digital multi-meter (DT 9205D). The maximum current and voltage achieved is 0.11 mA and 0.78 V. The highest power density and current density was 10.64 mW/cm2 and 14.00 mA/cm2 respectively. The results (current, voltage, current and voltage density) were found to be relatively improved as compared to previous studies. Conclusively, household and agricultural organic wastes materials could possibly find usefulness as a clean source of energy for powering portable electrical appliances subject to erratic electricity supply and in off-grid environs.
How to Cite
Copyright (c) 2021 Grinrey Publications
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.