Recent progress in microbial fuel cells for industrial effluent treatment and energy generation: Fundamentals to scale-up application and challenges

Rangabhashiyam Selvasembian, Joyabrata Mal, Radha Rani, Rupika Sinha, Roma Agrahari, Ighalo Joshua, Arockiasamy Santhiagu, Nirakar PRADHAN

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Abstract

Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) technology have the potential to decarbonize electricity generation and offer an eco-friendly route for treating a wide range of industrial effluents from power generation, petrochemical, tannery, brewery, dairy, textile, pulp/paper industries, and agro-industries. Despite successful laboratory-scale studies, several obstacles limit the MFC technology for real-world applications. This review article aimed to discuss the most recent state-of-the-art information on MFC architecture, design, components, electrode materials, and anodic exoelectrogens to enhance MFC performance and reduce cost. In addition, the article comprehensively reviewed the industrial effluent characteristics, integrating conventional technologies with MFCs for advanced resource recycling with a particular focus on the simultaneous bioelectricity generation and treatment of various industrial effluents. Finally, the article discussed the challenges, opportunities, and future perspectives for the large-scale applications of MFCs for sustainable industrial effluent management and energy recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Article number126462
Number of pages12
JournalBioresource Technology
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Dec 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

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

User-Defined Keywords

  • Bioelectricity
  • Industrial effluent
  • Microbial fuel cells
  • Scale-up
  • Wastewater treatment

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