Engineering of Microbial Fuel Cells: The Things We Need to Know to Move Forward
The major factors influencing MFCs was recognized through Principal component analysis and their ascendency over MFC operational characteristics was statistically evaluated. The outputs of this analysis were further used as inputs for the development of a mathematical model, combining those factors. Path analysis was the main analytical tool for the model establishment. The model was first developed for pure culture of Shewanella oneidensis and expanded to include mixed communities naturally occurring in wastewater, which makes this study unique.
Successful engineering of MFCs, or other bioenergy systems, requires understanding of the underlying physical and biological processes, materials and abiotic structures, and the technical limits of their implementation in practical devices. This presentation will chart our strategies in bioenergy device design at all these four technology levels.
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