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Processes 2017, 5(4), 73; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr5040073

An Integrated Mathematical Model of Microbial Fuel Cell Processes: Bioelectrochemical and Microbiologic Aspects

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DICAr, University of Pavia, 27100 Pavia, Italy
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LEITAT Technological Centre, 08225 Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain
This paper is an extended version of our paper published in the 29th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation as titled “Formulation and Preliminary Application of an Integrated Model of Microbial Fuel Cell Processes”.
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Received: 19 September 2017 / Revised: 29 October 2017 / Accepted: 7 November 2017 / Published: 20 November 2017
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Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) represent a still relatively new technology for liquid organic waste treatment and simultaneous recovery of energy and resources. Although the technology is quite appealing due its potential benefits, its practical application is still hampered by several drawbacks, such as systems instability (especially when attempting to scale-up reactors from laboratory prototypes), internally competing microbial reactions, and limited power generation. This paper is an attempt to address some of the issues related to MFC application in wastewater treatment with a simulation model. Reactor configuration, operational schemes, electrochemical and microbiological characterization, optimization methods and modelling strategies were reviewed and have been included in a mathematical simulation model written with a multidisciplinary, multi-perspective approach, considering the possibility of feeding real substrates to an MFC system while dealing with a complex microbiological population. The conclusions drawn herein can be of practical interest for all MFC researchers dealing with domestic or industrial wastewater treatment. View Full-Text
Keywords: microbial fuel cells; biolectrochemical systems; mathematical model; heterotrophic bacteria; methanogenic archaea; exoelectrogenic bacteria; complex substrate microbial fuel cells; biolectrochemical systems; mathematical model; heterotrophic bacteria; methanogenic archaea; exoelectrogenic bacteria; complex substrate
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Capodaglio, A.G.; Cecconet, D.; Molognoni, D. An Integrated Mathematical Model of Microbial Fuel Cell Processes: Bioelectrochemical and Microbiologic Aspects. Processes 2017, 5, 73.

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