Redox Potential and Galvanic Cells

  • Cataldo De BlasioEmail author
Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)


Following the concepts illustrated within the previous chapter, an analogy is presented here between the working mechanisms of galvanic cells and biological redox reactions. These processes are explained here to underline the working principle of power conversion within biomass generation and to provide students with clear information on the reactions of oxidation and reduction and how they are coupled. The chapter underlines the necessity of interdisciplinary research, above all when the research is focused on renewable energy technology. As a matter of fact, and as was previously written, new trends in this field are related to artificial photosynthesis among others. In this chapter, the working principles of galvanic cells are explained in simple terms with emphasis on the electrochemical potential formation and the overall calculation of the cell potential in terms of half-cell reactions.


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  1. 1.Laboratory of Energy Technology, Faculty of Science and EngineeringÅbo Akademi UniversityVaasaFinland

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