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A Novel Design Portable Plugged-Type Soil Microbial Fuel Cell for Bioelectricity Generation

Department of Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, 1-1-1 Noji-higashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577, Japan
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Energies 2021, 14(3), 553; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14030553
Received: 20 December 2020 / Revised: 11 January 2021 / Accepted: 18 January 2021 / Published: 21 January 2021
Soil microbial fuel cells (SMFCs) are a promising cost-effective power source for on-demand electricity generation applications. So far, reported SMFC configurations are usually bulky and hard to setup. In this study, a low-cost portable plugged-type SMFC (PSMFC) was designed and fabricated for on-demand micropower generation. The PSMFC can be activated just by plugging into natural wet soil, which is easy to access in the natural condition. The PSMFC uses carbon-based electrodes for cost-effectiveness. After setting the PSMFC into the soil to activate, it started to produce electricity after 1 h and reached the power density of 7.3 mW/m2 after 48 h. The proposed PSMFC can potentially generate electricity for remote sensors or soil sensing systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: plug; paddy soil; bacteria; MFC; green energy plug; paddy soil; bacteria; MFC; green energy
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Nguyen, H.-U.-D.; Nguyen, D.-T.; Taguchi, K. A Novel Design Portable Plugged-Type Soil Microbial Fuel Cell for Bioelectricity Generation. Energies 2021, 14, 553. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14030553

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Nguyen H-U-D, Nguyen D-T, Taguchi K. A Novel Design Portable Plugged-Type Soil Microbial Fuel Cell for Bioelectricity Generation. Energies. 2021; 14(3):553. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14030553

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Nguyen, Hoang-Uyen-Dung, Dang-Trang Nguyen, and Kozo Taguchi. 2021. "A Novel Design Portable Plugged-Type Soil Microbial Fuel Cell for Bioelectricity Generation" Energies 14, no. 3: 553. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14030553

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