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Evaluation of limiting factors for current density in microbial electrochemical cells (MXCs) treating domestic wastewater

By Bipro Ranjan Dhar and Hyung-Sool Lee


AbstractThis study quantitatively assessed three limiting factors for current density in a microbial electrochemical cell (MXC) treating domestic wastewater: (1) buffer concentration, (2) biodegradability, and (3) particulates. Buffer concentration was not significant for current density in the MXC fed with filtered domestic wastewater (180mg COD/L). Current density reduced by 67% in the MXC fed with filtered sewage having similar COD concentration to acetate medium, which indicates poor biodegradability of soluble organics in the wastewater. Particulate matters seriously decreased current density down to 76%, probably due to the accumulation of particulates on biofilm anode. Our study quantitatively showed that buffer concentration does not limit current density much, but biodegradability of soluble organics and fermentation rate of particulate matters in domestic wastewater mainly control current density in MXCs

Publisher: The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.
Year: 2014
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.btre.2014.09.005
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