Bioelectrochemical Systems Workshop:Standardized Analyses, Design Benchmarks, and Reporting
Final rept. 1 Apr 2011-31 Mar 2012
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV STATE COLLEGE DEPT OF CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
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Bioelectrochemical systems BESs have attracted a considerable amount of interest in the past decade in part because of their potential to transform waste treatment into an energy-neutral or even producing endeavor. Research on these systems has greatly advanced our understanding of microbially catalyzed extracellular electron transfer, and design improvements have significantly improved power densities in a short period of time. These dramatic improvements in system performance and the current initiatives in scaling up these systems have all occurred in the absence of standard design and testing procedures, and this lack of standardization hinders the pace of technology development. On September 14 and 15, 2011, an Army-sponsored workshop was convened at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania with the following goals 1 identify BES design and performance parameters that can be meaningfully standardized, 2 determine the best practices for reliable comparative testing of these parameters, and 3 develop a benchmarking framework from which subsequent advancements can be uniformly compared. The workshop had 30 participants, including many of the leading BES researchers in academia from the United States, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, and Belgium individuals from the Department of Defense and representatives from five companies with existing BES initiatives.
- Physical Chemistry