Energy autonomy - Ecobot

Ecobots and fuel cell

Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) technology is employed to extract electrical energy from refined foods such as sugar and unrefined foods such as insects and fruit. This is achieved by extracting electrons from the microbial metabolic processes.

Project overview

An in-depth look into the theory and the vision behind the ongoing work into energy autonomy.

Microbial fuel cell research projects

Ecobot I

A sugar powered autonomous robot.

Ecobot II

A robot powered on a diet of flies.

Ecobot III

A robot with fluid circulation.

Artificial gills for robots

MFC power generation underwater.

Scale-up of MFCs for wastewater treatment

MFC system capable of long-term use in a water-treatment plant.

Microbial fuel cell stacks

Development of MFC stacks for powering low energy applications.

Cathode efficiency

The choice of the metal catalyst at the MFC cathode.

Project people

  • Professor John Greenman
  • Professor Chris Melhuish (Bristol Robotics Laboratory Director)
  • Dr Ioannis Ieropoulos
  • Mr Ian Horsfield

Contact details

For more information or any comments about the Ecobot project please contact Dr Ioannis Ieropoulos


Page last updated 24 May 2013