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Biotechnol Lett. 2003 Sep;25(18):1531-5.

A microbial fuel cell capable of converting glucose to electricity at high rate and efficiency.

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Laboratory for Microbial Ecology and Technology, Ghent University, Coupure Links 653, 9000 Ghent, Belgium.


A microbial fuel cell containing a mixed bacterial culture utilizing glucose as carbon source was enriched to investigate power output in relation to glucose dosage. Electron recovery in terms of electricity up to 89% occurred for glucose feeding rates in the range 0.5-3 g l(-1) d(-1), at powers up to 3.6 W m(-2) of electrode surface, a five fold higher power output than reported thus far. This research indicates that microbial electricity generation offers perspectives for optimization.

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