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Special Issue "Biological Fuel Cells and Their Applications"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Bio-Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2019)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Maxime Pontié

Institut de Biologie en Santé, Université d'Angers, Angers, France
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Phone: (+33) 2 44 68 83 61
Guest Editor
Dr. Christophe Innocent

CNRS- IEM (European Membrane Institute-University Montpellier)
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Interests: bioelectrochemistry; biofuel cells (enzymatic and microbial); electrode modification; ion exchange membranes; electromembranar process

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The present Special Issue is entitled Biological Fuel Cells and Their Applications. It is a very open issue dedicated to all users/developpers/designers of microbial fuel cells, for everyone everywhere in the world. Our main wish is that contributors submit applications within the subjects of Health, Environment, or Food. The issue is a very open contribution to all scientists. Academic and industrial works are accepted.

Prof. Maxime Pontie
Dr. Christophe Innocent
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • microbial fuel cell
  • enzymatic fuel cell
  • microorganisms electro-connection
  • microbial electrolysis
  • bioelectrochemistry
  • electro-active biofilms
  • electrolytes
  • sensors, biosensors
  • biological fuel cell as biosensor
  • bioremediation
  • power production
  • biocompatibility
  • electrode materials (graphene, graphite, nickel foam, etc.)
  • ORR
  • biofuel (hydrogen bio-production)
  • biomass
  • proton exchange membrane
  • biofouling
  • in situ tools

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Open AccessFeature PaperReview Applications of Emerging Bioelectrochemical Technologies in Agricultural Systems: A Current Review
Energies 2018, 11(11), 2951; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11112951
Received: 10 October 2018 / Revised: 25 October 2018 / Accepted: 26 October 2018 / Published: 29 October 2018
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Background: Bioelectrochemical systems (BESs) are emerging energy-effective and environment-friendly technologies. Different applications of BESs are able to effectively minimize wastes and treat wastewater while simultaneously recovering electricity, biohydrogen and other value-added chemicals via specific redox reactions. Although there are many studies that have [...] Read more.
Background: Bioelectrochemical systems (BESs) are emerging energy-effective and environment-friendly technologies. Different applications of BESs are able to effectively minimize wastes and treat wastewater while simultaneously recovering electricity, biohydrogen and other value-added chemicals via specific redox reactions. Although there are many studies that have greatly advanced the performance of BESs over the last decade, research and reviews on agriculture-relevant applications of BESs are very limited. Considering the increasing demand for food, energy and water due to human population expansion, novel technologies are urgently needed to promote productivity and sustainability in agriculture. Methodology: This review study is based on an extensive literature search regarding agriculture-related BES studies mainly in the last decades (i.e., 2009–2018). The databases used in this review study include Scopus, Google Scholar and Web of Science. The current and future applications of bioelectrochemical technologies in agriculture have been discussed. Findings/Conclusions: BESs have the potential to recover considerable amounts of electric power and energy chemicals from agricultural wastes and wastewater. The recovered energy can be used to reduce the energy input into agricultural systems. Other resources and value-added chemicals such as biofuels, plant nutrients and irrigation water can also be produced in BESs. In addition, BESs may replace unsustainable batteries to power remote sensors or be designed as biosensors for agricultural monitoring. The possible applications to produce food without sunlight and remediate contaminated soils using BESs have also been discussed. At the same time, agricultural wastes can also be processed into construction materials or biochar electrodes/electrocatalysts for reducing the high costs of current BESs. Future studies should evaluate the long-term performance and stability of on-farm BES applications. Full article
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Open AccessFeature PaperReview Bioelectrochemical Systems for Removal of Selected Metals and Perchlorate from Groundwater: A Review
Energies 2018, 11(10), 2643; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11102643
Received: 28 August 2018 / Revised: 28 September 2018 / Accepted: 1 October 2018 / Published: 3 October 2018
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Groundwater contamination is a major issue for human health, due to its largely diffused exploitation for water supply. Several pollutants have been detected in groundwater; amongst them arsenic, cadmium, chromium, vanadium, and perchlorate. Various technologies have been applied for groundwater remediation, involving physical, [...] Read more.
Groundwater contamination is a major issue for human health, due to its largely diffused exploitation for water supply. Several pollutants have been detected in groundwater; amongst them arsenic, cadmium, chromium, vanadium, and perchlorate. Various technologies have been applied for groundwater remediation, involving physical, chemical, and biological processes. Bioelectrochemical systems (BES) have emerged over the last 15 years as an alternative to conventional treatments for a wide variety of wastewater, and have been proposed as a feasible option for groundwater remediation due to the nature of the technology: the presence of two different redox environments, the use of electrodes as virtually inexhaustible electron acceptor/donor (anode and cathode, respectively), and the possibility of microbial catalysis enhance their possibility to achieve complete remediation of contaminants, even in combination. Arsenic and organic matter can be oxidized at the bioanode, while vanadium, perchlorate, chromium, and cadmium can be reduced at the cathode, which can be biotic or abiotic. Additionally, BES has been shown to produce bioenergy while performing organic contaminants removal, lowering the overall energy balance. This review examines the application of BES for groundwater remediation of arsenic, cadmium, chromium, vanadium, and perchlorate, focusing also on the perspectives of the technology in the groundwater treatment field. Full article
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