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Bioelectricity Generation From Single-Chamber Microbial Fuel Cells With Various Local Soil Media and Green Bean Sprouts as Nutrient

1Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, University of Jember, 68121, Indonesia

2Department of Physic, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, University of Jember,68121, Indonesia

3Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, University of Jember, 68121, Indonesia

Received: 8 Mar 2020; Revised: 19 Jun 2020; Accepted: 1 Jul 2020; Available online: 15 Jul 2020; Published: 15 Oct 2020.
Editor(s): H Hadiyanto
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In this experiment, seven single-chamber microbial fuel cells (MFCs) were made and filled with various types of local agricultural soil and sediments found in irrigation channels, which were mixed with glucose and green bean sprouts mashed as nutrients for microbial survival. MFC electric power was measured every day for 35 days. Every time low electric power indicated weak microbial activity, green bean sprouts were added. The highest electric power of 118 µW (23.4 mW/m2) was observed in fuel cells filled with agricultural land planted with rice. Power density reached the range of 120–140 mW/m2, whereas the incubation time showed a maximum of 35 days. This study found that adding green bean sprouts can increase the length of the MFC cycle and strengthen the generated power up to 122 mW. 
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Keywords: fertile soil; redox; media; microbial fuel cell; incubation

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