Vicia faba crop residues for sustainable electricity generation using a sludge-based microbial fuel cell

L. J. Mamani-Asqui, L. N. Peredo-Berlanga, Francisco Javier Roque Rodrí­guez, G. R. Salazar-Banda

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Microbial fuel cells (MFC) simultaneously degrade organic substrates and generate electricity in a sustainable and eco-friendly way. Here, we built a 4-unit MFC and studied the efficiency of MFC at different conditions, including pH, substrate concentration of Vicia faba agricultural wastes with exoelectrogenic bacteria P. aeruginosa. The exoelectrogenic bacteria were obtained from industrial effluents and used to inoculate the MFCs. The optimized conditions in terms of yielding maximum potential of 802 mV, yielding maximum power density of 283 mW m-2 were reported at a substrate concentration of 6 g L-1 of V. faba waste and pH of 5.5, corresponding to a current density 1255.93 mA m-2. Using exoelectrogenic bacteria from industrial effluents and agricultural wastes resulted in efficient MFC. Thus, the developed MFCs using V. faba agricultural wastes can be used in rural areas that have limited access to electricity, by reusing agricultural wastes and concomitant electricity generation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-296
Number of pages8
JournalChemical and Biochemical Engineering Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank the Universidad Nacional de San Agust?n de Arequipa (grant TP-04-2019-UNSA) for the financial support of this work. GRSB also thanks the Brazilian National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development - CNPq (grant 305438/2018-2) and the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel - CAPES (grant 001).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Assoc. of Chemists and Chemical Engineers of Croatia. All rights reserved.


  • Microbial fuel cell
  • P. aeruginosa
  • V. faba agricultural wastes


Dive into the research topics of 'Vicia faba crop residues for sustainable electricity generation using a sludge-based microbial fuel cell'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this