A comprehensive review of microbial electrolysis cells (MEC) reactor designs and configurations for sustainable hydrogen gas production

Abudukeremu Kadier, Yibadatihan Simayi, Peyman Abdeshahian, Nadia Farhana Azman, K. Chandrasekhar, Mohd. Sahaid Kalil

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Abstract

Hydrogen gas has tremendous potential as an environmentally acceptable energy carrier for vehicles. A cutting edge technology called a microbial electrolysis cell (MEC) can achieve sustainable and clean hydrogen production from a wide range of renewable biomass and wastewaters. Enhancing the hydrogen production rate and lowering the energy input are the main challenges of MEC technology. MEC reactor design is one of the crucial factors which directly influence on hydrogen and current production rate in MECs. The rector design is also a key factor to up-scaling. Traditional MEC designs incorporated membranes, but it was recently shown that membrane-free designs can lead to both high hydrogen recoveries and production rates. Since then multiple studies have developed reactors that operate without membranes. This review provides a brief overview of recent advances in research on scalable MEC reactor design and configurations.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAlexandria Engineering Journal
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 18 Mar 2014

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Keywords

  • Anode
  • Cathode
  • Hydrogen production rate (HPR)
  • Membrane
  • Microbial electrolysis cell (MEC)
  • Reactor design

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A comprehensive review of microbial electrolysis cells (MEC) reactor designs and configurations for sustainable hydrogen gas production. / Kadier, Abudukeremu; Simayi, Yibadatihan; Abdeshahian, Peyman; Azman, Nadia Farhana; Chandrasekhar, K.; Kalil, Mohd. Sahaid.

In: Alexandria Engineering Journal, 18.03.2014.

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