Title

Methane Production from Microbial Fuel Cells

School Name

Center for Advanced Technical Studies

Grade Level

11th Grade

Presentation Topic

Environmental Science

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

This project is being conducted to determine whether or not a Microbial Fuel Cell and a Methane digester can be combined into one unit in an efficient manner. If a Microbial Fuel Cell and a Methane digester can be combined into a single unit then more energy can be gathered from one source. Methods for researching this idea are first designing a unit that makes it easy to change different variables. This will make it possible for me to find the specific settings that generate the most methane and the most voltage with the same fuel. So far this has been accomplished by first making a fuel that is near to a 30:1 carbon to nitrogen ratio then pouring that in around an anode and a cathode. Then the unit is sealed so that it will begin to generate methane which is stored in a separate connected container. Once the methane has stopped being created the unit is opened up so that electricity can be generated. The result of this process is that methane is generated when the unit is sealed and electricity is generated when the unit is open. So far in the project the methane production is low but the electricity production is average or high. So far in this project it has been proven that Microbial Fuel Cells and Methane Digesters can be combined into one unit. This shows that methane and electricity can be generated from one unit and with one fuel. Keywords: Microbial fuel cell Methane digester Electricity generation Methane generation

Location

Wall 206

Start Date

3-25-2017 11:30 AM

Presentation Format

Oral Only

Group Project

No

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Mar 25th, 11:30 AM

Methane Production from Microbial Fuel Cells

Wall 206

This project is being conducted to determine whether or not a Microbial Fuel Cell and a Methane digester can be combined into one unit in an efficient manner. If a Microbial Fuel Cell and a Methane digester can be combined into a single unit then more energy can be gathered from one source. Methods for researching this idea are first designing a unit that makes it easy to change different variables. This will make it possible for me to find the specific settings that generate the most methane and the most voltage with the same fuel. So far this has been accomplished by first making a fuel that is near to a 30:1 carbon to nitrogen ratio then pouring that in around an anode and a cathode. Then the unit is sealed so that it will begin to generate methane which is stored in a separate connected container. Once the methane has stopped being created the unit is opened up so that electricity can be generated. The result of this process is that methane is generated when the unit is sealed and electricity is generated when the unit is open. So far in the project the methane production is low but the electricity production is average or high. So far in this project it has been proven that Microbial Fuel Cells and Methane Digesters can be combined into one unit. This shows that methane and electricity can be generated from one unit and with one fuel. Keywords: Microbial fuel cell Methane digester Electricity generation Methane generation