Enhancement of Power Output by using Alginate Immobilized Algae in Biophotovoltaic Devices

Ng, Fong Lee and Phang, Siew Moi and Periasamy, Vengadesh and Yunus, Kamran and Fisher, Adrian C. (2017) Enhancement of Power Output by using Alginate Immobilized Algae in Biophotovoltaic Devices. Scientific Reports, 7 (1). p. 16237. ISSN 2045-2322, DOI https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-16530-y.

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We report for the first time a photosynthetically active algae immobilized in alginate gel within a fuel cell design for generation of bioelectricity. The algal-alginate biofilm was utilized within a biophotovoltaics (BPV) device developed for direct bioelectricity generation from photosynthesis. A peak power output of 0.289 mWm-2 with an increase of 18% in power output compared to conventional suspension culture BPV device was observed. The increase in maximum power density was correlated to the maximum relative electron transport rate (rETRm). The semi-dry type of photosynthetically active biofilm proposed in this work may offer significantly improved performances in terms of fuel cell design, bioelectricity generation, oxygen production and CO2 reduction.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Newton Fund, Institutional Link Grant (IF007-2015), IOES UMCoE RU Grant (RU003-2017), HICoE MOHE: Air-ocean-land Interaction Grant (IOES-2014), UM Algae Grant (GA003- 2012)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Power Output; Alginate Immobilized Algae; Biophotovoltaic Devices
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Q Science > QH Natural history
Divisions: Faculty of Science
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2018 05:08
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2019 12:08
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/18997

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