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Sustainability 2015, 7(9), 12634-12643; doi:10.3390/su70912634

Effect of Composting Parameters on the Power Performance of Solid Microbial Fuel Cells

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Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, National I-Lan University, I-Lan 26047, Taiwan
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Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei 10608, Taiwan
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Academic Editor: Arnulf Jäger-Waldau
Received: 31 May 2015 / Revised: 8 September 2015 / Accepted: 9 September 2015 / Published: 15 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources)
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Abstract

Nowadays, solid organic waste is of major environmental concern and is reaching critical levels worldwide. Currently, a form of natural decomposition, known as composting technology, is widely used to deal with organic waste. This method is applied to enhance the performance of solid microbial fuel cells (SMFCs) in this study. Operational composting parameters (carbon/nitrogen ratio, moisture content and pH value) are investigated to explore the optimal power performance of solid microbial fuel cells (SMFCs). Results indicate that the carbon/nitrogen ratio and the moisture content displayed the most significant impact on SMFCs. When the carbon/nitrogen ratio is 31.4 and moisture content is 60%, along with a pH value of 6–8, a better SMFC power performance would be obtained. These findings would provide positive information regarding the application of compost in SMFCs. View Full-Text
Keywords: organic waste; moisture content; carbon/nitrogen ratio (C/N ratio); solid microbial fuel cell (SMFC); power performance organic waste; moisture content; carbon/nitrogen ratio (C/N ratio); solid microbial fuel cell (SMFC); power performance
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Wang, C.-T.; Lee, Y.-C.; Liao, F.-Y. Effect of Composting Parameters on the Power Performance of Solid Microbial Fuel Cells. Sustainability 2015, 7, 12634-12643.

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