Emma Tan, Jenevieve Ho

Microbial fuel cells: food waste as a sugar source

Emma Tan, Jenevieve Ho, Singapore 13-15

Microbial fuel cells are a renewable source of energy that harnesses the biocatalytic behavior of microorganisms to generate clean electricity. By experimenting with food waste as a sugar source for these microorganisms, a potential solution to solve both global problems of climate change and food waste can be found. We experimented using banana peels and both inner and outer layers of sugarcane. Banana peels and the outer layer of the sugarcane were shown to be viable alternatives to currently used substrates (glucose) in MFCs. Additionally, the reducing sugar concentration of the substrate may affect MFC performance.

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