Biological Fuel Cell Applications


Biological Fuel Cell Applications

Binti Srivastava, Madhu Khatri, Shailendra Kumar Arya

Biological fuel cells are the bio-electro chemical cells that convert chemical energy into electrical energy utilising microbes as an active biocatalyst. These are termed as green electricity generation devices because of their sustainable and eco-friendly nature, energy storage capability, and are also cost-effective. This chapter provides detailed information on biological fuel cell applications in the field of antibiotics removal from wastewater, power generation, and removal of soil contaminants such as arsenic and iron oxide, biosensors for monitoring toxic compounds, controlling denitrification, treating wastewater arising from food industry, municipal waste, sanitary wastes, sewage and simultaneously generating electricity.

Biological Fuel Cell, Electricity Generation, Waste Water Treatment, Biosensors, Eco-Friendly, Biocatalyst, Microbes

Published online 2/21/2019, 22 pages


Part of the book on Enzymatic Fuel Cells

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