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Record number 429832
Title Effect of operational parameters on Coulombic efficiency in bioelectrochemical systems
Author(s) Sleutels, T.H.J.A.; Darus, L.; Hamelers, H.V.M.; Buisman, C.J.N.
Source Bioresource Technology 102 (2011)24. - ISSN 0960-8524 - p. 11172 - 11176.
Department(s) Sub-department of Environmental Technology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) microbial fuel-cells - electricity-generation - electrolysis cells - hydrogen - acetate - resistance - transport - bacteria - cultures - methane
Abstract To create an efficient bioelectrochemical system, a high Coulombic efficiency is required. This efficiency is a direct measure for the competition between electrogens and methanogens when acetate is used as substrate. In this study the Coulombic efficiency in a microbial electrolysis cell was investigated. As a result of an increase in substrate concentration from 1 to 35 mM, the current density increased to 21.1 A/m(2), while the Coulombic efficiency decreased to 52%. As a result of an increase in anode potential from -450 to -0.250 mV, the current density increased to 20.9 A/m(2), while the Coulombic efficiency increased 21%. Knowledge about the substrate affinity and growth kinetics is crucial to control the Coulombic efficiency. Further research is required to optimize strategies to find a balance between the Coulombic efficiency, current density and removal rate of organic material.
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