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Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 107–114 | Cite as

Application of microbial fuel cell technology for vinasse treatment and bioelectricity generation

  • Cristiane Angélica OttoniEmail author
  • Marta F. Simões
  • Jonas G. Santos
  • Luciana Peixoto
  • Cleiton R. Martins
  • Bruno P. Silva
  • Almir O. Neto
  • António G. Brito
  • Alfredo E. Maiorano
Original Research Paper
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Abstract

Objective

Our study evaluated the performance of different two-chambered microbial fuel cell (MFC) prototypes, operated with variable distance between electrodes and Nafion membrane and specific inoculum concentration, applied for vinasse treatment.

Results

The performance of the developed MFC resulted in a maximum current density of 1200 mA m−2 and power density of 800 mW m−2 in a period of 61 days. MFC performed a chemical oxygen demand removal at a rate ranging from 51 to 60%.

Conclusions

Taking our preliminary results into consideration, we concluded that the MFC technology presents itself as highly promising for the treatment of vinasse.

Keywords

Microbial fuel cell Vinasse Chemical oxygen demand Bioelectricity 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Authors would like to acknowledge the technician and financial support of Programa Novos Talentos provided by the Instituto de Pesquisa Tecnológica do Estado de São Paulo (IPT) and Instituto de Estudos Avançados do Mar (IEAMar).

Funding

Instituto de Pesquisa Tecnológica do Estado de São Paulo/Programa Novos Talentos, through individual Research Grant attributed to Cristiane Angélica Ottoni.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interests

All authors declare that they have no competing interests.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristiane Angélica Ottoni
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Marta F. Simões
    • 2
  • Jonas G. Santos
    • 3
  • Luciana Peixoto
    • 4
  • Cleiton R. Martins
    • 1
  • Bruno P. Silva
    • 1
  • Almir O. Neto
    • 5
  • António G. Brito
    • 6
  • Alfredo E. Maiorano
    • 3
  1. 1.São Paulo State University (UNESP), Bioscience InstituteSão VicenteBrazil
  2. 2.Biology DepartmentEdge Hill UniversityLancashireUK
  3. 3.Laboratório de Biotecnologia IndustrialInstituto de Pesquisas Tecnológicas do Estado de São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  4. 4.Centre of Biological EngineeringUniversity of MinhoBragaPortugal
  5. 5.Centro de Célula a Combustível e HidrogênioInstituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e NuclearesSão PauloBrazil
  6. 6.Department of Biosystems Sciences and Engineering, Institute of AgronomyUniversity of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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