In contemporary society we observe an everlasting permeation of electron devices, smartphones, portable computing tools. The tiniest living organisms on Earth could become the key to address this challenge: energy generation by bacterial processes from renewable stocks/waste through devices such as microbial fuel cells (MFCs). However, the application of this solution was limited by a moderately low efficiency. We explored the limits, if any, of additive manufacturing (AM) technology to fabricate a fully AM-based powering device, exploiting low density, open porosities able to host the microbes, systems easy to fuel continuously and to run safely. We obtained an optimal energy recovery close to 3 kWh m−3 per day that can power sensors and low-power appliances, allowing data processing and transmission from remote/harsh environments.
Additive Manufacturing of a Microbial Fuel Cell - A detailed study / Calignano, Flaviana; Tommasi, Tonia; Manfredi, Diego; Chiolerio, Alessandro. - In: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. - ISSN 2045-2322. - ELETTRONICO. - 5:1(2015), pp. 1-10.
|Titolo:||Additive Manufacturing of a Microbial Fuel Cell - A detailed study|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep17373|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|