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Technological aspects and perspectives of microbial fuel cells

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Technological aspects and perspectives of microbial fuel cells

Pierangela Cristiani*, Roberto Farina** From fundamentals to microbial power plants Bruselles, 17 Settembre 2008 PRESENTAZIONE POWER POINT * CESI RICERCA ** ENEA In the scenario of a sustainable and optimised use of sources Microbial fuel cells could become a new, important ways to make renewable carbon-neutral energy from wastes: bacteria are able to break down organic matter producing clean water and electric current. The exciting discovery that microorganisms can generate electricity has been pointed out in this last years and since then, a growing number of scientists and engineers are working to improve the yeld. Starting from the positive first exploitation of electric current generated by bacteria as signal for industrial bio-sensors, it is expected that new applications of “microbial-electricity” should be set up soon and they will allow men to open new avenues for energy technology and biotechnology progress. The present event introduce the potentialities of “microbial” fuel cells to European academic, research, industrial organizations, trying to tickle the curiosity and the interest of potential future end-users and scientists. The current state of the art on microbial fuel cells, the dream and the realistic visions of perspectives will be presented in the context of a sustainable European energy/source policy. Some of the European “pioneers” in the field will show the microbiological, electrochemical and technological advancements of the knowledge already available and the bottleneck still to overcome to reach new technological goals. European delegates will suggest opportunities and supporting actions already available or that to built up all together, in order to promote cooperation of the European research in this specific field and creating new opportunities to increase the competitiveness of Europe’s industries.

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