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Green Energy Generation from Microbial Fuel Cells

  • Leena Hublikar
  • Sharanabasava V. Ganachari
  • Jayachandra S. Yaradoddi
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Abstract

Energy is a vital need of the human race, which has now become a basic necessity of modern day lifestyles, including food, shelter, and clothing. There are numerous methods of energy generation, which can be categorized into renewable and nonrenewable sources. This chapter deals with one of the eco-friendly schemes of energy generation using microorganisms present in soil, water, and other commodities. The generation of energy occurs in the colony of microorganisms, which can be stored in a container, and the energy generated can be tapped out similarly to the energy from an electrochemical battery or cell. Microorganisms, specifically bacteria, generate the energy, forming their own electrolyte and electrodes in the microbial fuel cell – the anode and cathode. These microbes can be visualized as the conducting ions present in the electrochemical battery, which carry the charge in the electrochemical process. Persistent efforts to elaborate various such energy generation schemes using microbial fuel cells are discussed for better understanding by readers.

Keywords

Green energy Eco-friendly Microbial fuel cells Microorganisms Bacteria Electrolyte Electrodes Electrochemical Ions Bio-battery 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leena Hublikar
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Sharanabasava V. Ganachari
    • 1
  • Jayachandra S. Yaradoddi
    • 1
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Centre for Material Science, Advanced Research in Nanoscience & NanotechnologyKLE Technological UniversityHubballiIndia
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryKLE Technological UniversityHubbaliIndia
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryKLE’s P. C. Jabin Science CollegeHubbaliIndia
  4. 4.Ecology and Environment Research ProgrammeUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  5. 5.Extremz Biosciences Private Limited, CTIE start up streetKLE Technology University campusHubballiIndia

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