Bristol BioEnergy Centre
The Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC)is a technology that can directly convert organic waste into electricity. The Bioenergy and Self Sustainable Systems Theme is all about bringing this technology to the real world and making the utilisation of waste into energy a reality. Furthermore, being able to generate electricity from naturally occurring biomass, gives robots a novel degree of autonomy that allows their prolonged operation in environments that are inaccessible or even lethal to human beings.
The team has recently demonstrated for the first time the charging of a commercially available mobile phone, using Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) fed with real neat urine. The membrane-less MFCs were made out of ceramic material and employed plain carbon based electrodes. View the relevant scientific publication.
Watch the video of the mobile phone working on urine.
An in-depth look into the theory and vision behind the ongoing work into energy autonomy.
Microbial fuel cell research projects
A sugar powered autonomous robot.
A robot powered on a diet of flies.
A robot with fluid circulation.
Miniaturisation and Multiplication.
- Self Sustainable Cathodes for Microbial Fuel
Development of more sustainable MFC stack system.
- Waste and wastewater clean-up using Microbial Fuel
MFC scale-up and development of power-packs.
- Scale-up of MFC's for wastewater
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.
- Artificial gills for robots
MFC power generation underwater.
Producing Electricity from Urine.
- MFCs for Carbon Capture
Photo-Biologically Driven CO2 Reduction & Energy Generation.
- A Robot that Decomposes
Towards Biodegradable Robotic Organisms.
- Cathode efficiency
The choice of the metal catalyst at the MFC cathode.
- Prof. Ioannis
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- Professor John Greenman
- Professor Chris Melhuish (Bristol Robotics Laboratory Director)
- Professor Ioannis Ieropoulos
- Mr Ian Horsfield