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Record number 400291
Title Microbial solar cells: applying photosynthetic and electrochemically active organisms
Author(s) Strik, D.P.B.T.B.; Timmers, R.A.; Helder, M.; Steinbusch, K.J.J.; Hamelers, H.V.M.; Buisman, C.J.N.
Source Trends in Biotechnology 29 (2011)1. - ISSN 0167-7799 - p. 41 - 49.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tibtech.2010.10.001
Department(s) Sub-department of Environmental Technology
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Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) fuel-cells - electricity production - bioelectrochemical systems - energy performance - green electricity - biogas production - oxygen reduction - ion-transport - waste-water - rice plants
Abstract Microbial solar cells (MSCs) are recently developed technologies that utilize solar energy to produce electricity or chemicals. MSCs use photoautotrophic microorganisms or higher plants to harvest solar energy, and use electrochemically active microorganisms in the bioelectrochemical system to generate electrical current. Here, we review the principles and performance of various MSCs in an effort to identify the most promising systems, as well as the bottlenecks and potential solutions, for “real-life” MSC applications. We present an outlook on future applications based on the intrinsic advantages of MSCs, specifically highlighting how these living energy systems can facilitate the development of an electricity-producing green roof.
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