Electricity Generation Performance of Microbial Fuel Cell Embedded in Anaerobic-Anoxic-Oxic Wastewater Treatment Process


Microbial fuel cell (MFC) embedded in anaerobic-anoxic-oxic (A2/O) process has positive effects on wastewater treatment, which can enhance the efficiencies of pollutants’ removal, along with electricity production. But the electricity generation performance and its optimization of MFC embedded in A2O process still needs to be further investigated. In this study, in order to optimize the contaminants removal and electricity production of the MFC-A2/O reactor, a lab-scale corridor-style MFC-A2/O reactor, which could simulate the practical A2/O biological reactor better, was designed and operated. The removal efficiencies of chemical oxygen demand, total nitrogen and total phosphorus were continuously monitored so as the electricity generation. In addition, the influences of the structural parameters’ changes of MFC on the output voltage, including electrode material, the directly connected area and the distance between electrodes, were also studied. The results elucidated that the effluent quality of A2/O reactor could be improved when MFC was embedded, and all the investigated structural factors were closely related to the electricity generation performance of MFC to some extent.

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Li, B. , Dong, W. , Liu, B. , Xie, B. and Liu, H. (2015) Electricity Generation Performance of Microbial Fuel Cell Embedded in Anaerobic-Anoxic-Oxic Wastewater Treatment Process. Journal of Biosciences and Medicines, 3, 32-37. doi: 10.4236/jbm.2015.39005.

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