Novel Concepts for Bioelectrochemical Generation of Renewable Fuels and Chemicals from Wastewater (2011–2013)
Wastewater is increasingly recognised as a substantial, but largely untapped, renewable resource for the production of valuable fuels and chemicals. Within this project we aim to develop platform technology for bioelectrochemical production of valuable fuels and chemicals from wastewater by
a. developing novel chemical and microbial cathode systems;
b. designing innovative membrane materials; and
c. pioneering the discovery of as yet unknown bioelectrochemical production pathways for fuels and chemicals from CO2.
To demonstrate the relevance and economic feasibility of this third generation bioelectrochemical process, we will demonstrate and optimise the productivity of these novel reactions using real wastewater.