Analysis and Performance Evaluation of Microbial Fuel Cells for Electricity Generation|
OYEJIDE, JO; ORHORHORO, EK & SALISU, S.
This research work is focused on the analysis and performance evaluation of microbial fuel cells
(MFCs) consisting of multiple one chamber connected in series and parallels for investigation of electricity generation.
Using six units (i.e., unit A, unit B, unit C, unit D, unit E, unit F, unit G and unit H) stacked MFCs, the fuel cells were
analyzed and evaluated for performance. The results obtained with a single unit microbial fuel cells show that, unit (A)
produced an average power of 0.224mW, unit (B) an average power of 0.179mW, unit (C) an average power of 0.138mW,
unit (D) an average power of 0.092mW, unit (E) an average power of 0.058mW, unit (F) an average power of 0.036mW,
unit (G) an average power of 0.018mW, and unit (H) an average power of 0.005mW. It was observed that decrease in
number of microbial fuel cells lead to a corresponding decrease in voltage and current generated, thus drop in power.
Conversely, when the unit microbial fuel cells were connected together in series and parallel, improvement in power
generation was recorded. An average power of 2.681mW and 2.572mW were obtained from series and parallel connection
Microbial fuel cells; anode; cathode; power; renewable energy; electricity generation