Substrate concentration dependence of voltage and power production characteristics in two-chambered mediator-less microbial fuel cells with acetate and peptone substrates

Abstract

Power production characteristics and substrate concentration dependence of voltage have been investigated together with the determination of kinetic constants in two-chambered mediator-less microbial fuel cells (MFC) for acetate and peptone substrates. At 500 mg DOC l−1 (dissolved organic carbon), power densities normalized to the anode surface of 112 mW m−2 with acetate and 114 mW m−2 with peptone as electron donor were attained by applying cathodes with a Pt catalyst layer. Related anode surface specific substrate removal rate was 44 g DOC m−2 h−1 for acetate and 52 g DOC m−2 h−1 for peptone. Substrate concentration dependency of the voltage suggests Monod-like kinetics with extremely low, <1 mg DOC l−1, half saturation constants and with final DOC concentrations of 6–10 mg l−1. Acetate and peptone are equivalent substrates for the exoelectrogenic bacteria both from the point of view of biodegradation kinetics and power production characteristics.

DOI: 10.1007/s10529-016-2256-3

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@article{Tardy2016SubstrateCD, title={Substrate concentration dependence of voltage and power production characteristics in two-chambered mediator-less microbial fuel cells with acetate and peptone substrates}, author={G{\'a}bor M{\'a}rk Tardy and B{\'a}lint L{\'o}r{\'a}nt and M{\'a}t{\'e} L{\'o}ka}, journal={Biotechnology Letters}, year={2016}, volume={39}, pages={383-389} }