Bioelectricity production from food waste leachate using microbial fuel cells: Effect of NaCl and pH

Xiao Min Li, Ka Yu Cheng, Jonathan W C WONG*

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Microbial fuel cells are a promising technology for simultaneous treatment and energy recovery from food waste leachate. This study evaluates the effects of NaCl (0-150mM) and pH on the treatment of food waste leachate using microbial fuel cells. The food waste leachate amended with 100mM NaCl enabled the highest maximum power density (1000mW/m3) and lowest internal resistance (371Ω). Increasing the anodic pH gradually from acidic to alkaline conditions (pH 4-9) resulted in a gradual increase in maximum power density to 9956mW/m3 and decrease in internal cell resistance to 35.3Ω. The coulombic efficiency obtained under acidic conditions was only 17.8%, but increased significantly to 60.0% and 63.4% in the neutral and alkaline pH's MFCs, respectively. Maintaining a narrow pH window (6.3-7.6) was essential for efficient bioelectricity production and COD removal using microbial fuel cells for the treatment of food waste leachate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)452-458
Number of pages7
JournalBioresource Technology
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal

User-Defined Keywords

  • Bioelectrochemical systems
  • Food waste leachate
  • NaCl
  • PH
  • Waste-to-energy


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