Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) and Phototrophic Microbial Fuel Cell (PMFC)
MFC/PMFC employs the Microbes (in this case called as Exoelectrogens) as catalysts to convert chemical and photic energy resident in organic chemicals and sunlight to electrical energy.
The process is carbon neutral and sustainable and has potential to find wide applications in the future.
Apart from electricity generation an MFC/PMFC also can double up as a strategy for carbon sequestration and bioremediation.
The green energy lab will focus on the use of varied photrophic and heterotrophic microorganisms as exoelectrogens, design and fabrication of Microbial Fuel Cells of differential volumes, building prototypes that are amenable for scaleup and deployment, and devising MFC/PMFC based strategies for waste management and carbon sequestration.
Works ongoing in the facility are,
- Enterobacteriaceae based heterotrophic MFC with novel Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM)
- Design, fabrication, optimization and operation of cyanobacteria based PMFC
- Continous flow MFC for waste water treatment
- Development of Microfluidic MFC and exploring its potential applications
- Sediment MFC (SMFC) to treat wastes including human waste