Researchers have made momentous and significant efforts to discover sustainable and alternative energy sources owing to increase the apprehensions over energy crisis, environmental pollution, and climate change. In this regards, microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are major bioelectrochemical reactors for wastewater treatment and bioenergy production. They are friendly and sustainable to the environment and are considered as a novel application for maintaining the sustainability of the ecosystems. The following book chapter will be dealing with various successful research contributions by the team of Professor Chin Tsan Wang. An in-depth understanding of the flow parameters and their incorporation in MFCs has fascinated the researchers in our group for almost a decade. The integration of main technologies including hydrodynamics and microfluidics with MFCs have been explained in detail. Further, some innovative approaches of incorporating flow channels, micromixers, and flow straighteners into MFCs with the solitary objective of enhancing their power and wastewater treatment has also been elucidated. As far as our knowledge is concerned, flow characteristics have been less studied in MFCs, and we therefore consider that our novel attempts might contribute to widening the knowledge of such integrated technologies. Thus, based on the above-mentioned details we are determined that this book chapter will contribute to feasible and useful new concepts to the experts and provide interesting facts to the readers. This will eventually improve the future applications of MFCs in alternative energy production and wastewater treatment.
Microbial fuel cells Power generation Wastewater treatment Flow parameters Energy crisis Climate change Environmental pollution
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The authors of this book chapter would like to acknowledge the generous funding support from NSC (National Science Council) Taiwan under the MOST (Ministry of Science and Technology) project numbers MOST 107-2622-E-197-006-CC3, 106-2218-E-027-014-MY2 and 106-2923-E-197-001-MY3 for this research study.
1.Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical EngineeringNational Ilan UniversityYilan CityTaiwan
2.Department of Energy and Refrigerating Air-Conditioning Engineering, Research Center of Energy Conservation for New Generation of Residential, Commercial, and Industrial SectorsNational Taipei University of TechnologyTaipeiTaiwan