Power Generation from Industrial Wastewater using Microbial Fuel Cell

  

Muhammad Izzat Nor Ma’arof1*, Muhammad Bilal Chaudhry1, Baveendra Kumar a/l Premakumar1, Gerald Victor Richard Joseph1, Girma Tadesse Chala2


1Faculty of Engineering and Quantity Surveying (FEQS), INTI International University, Persiaran Perdana BBN, Putra Nilai, 71800 Nilai, Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus, Malaysia

2 International College of Engineering and Management, P.O. Box 2511, C.P.O Seeb 111, Muscat, Oman. 

 

Correspondence author : muhammadIzzat.maarof@newinti.edu.my


AbstractThe paper presents the trend in power production from industrial wastewater using microbial fuel cell. Four experimental setups with four types of MFC were developed for this study. For MFC 1, 25% of wastewater from Factory A were added to a fix concentration of cow manure to obtain a solution of 300ml in the anodic chamber while distilled water was added to cathodic department respectively. Similarly, for MFC 2, the wastewater was collected from Factory B. For MFC 3, 25% of wastewater from Factory A and B was added to a fix concentration of cow manure to obtain a solution of 300ml in the anodic chamber while distilled water mixed with about 15g of Potassium Ferricyanide was added to cathodic chamber. For MFC 4, the wastewater was collected from Factory B. Two tests were conducted where Test 1 was to compare the voltage readings from MFC 1 and MFC 2, whilst, Test 2 was for MFC 3 and MFC 4. The results for the Factory A wastewater proved to be more efficient than that of wastewater from Factory B. In addition, the addition of potassium ferricyanide provided more effective generation of voltage production. It can be concluded that these wastes can be scaled up to provide energy for powering up small appliances such as a LED, or other small sensors.

KeywordsMicrobial fuel cell, Renewable energy, Factory wastes

Vol.2019:018