Microbial electrochemical systems for sustainable biohydrogen production: Surveying the experiences from a start-up viewpoint

Gopalakrishnan Kumar, Péter Bakonyi, Guangyin Zhen, Periyasamy Sivagurunathan, László Koók, Sang Hyoun Kim, Gábor Tóth, Nándor Nemestóthy, Katalin Bélafi-Bakó

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The start-up of microbial electrohydrogenesis cells (MECs) is a key-step to realize efficient biohydrogen generation and adequate, long-term operation. This review paper deals with the lessons and experiences reported on the most important aspects of H2 producing MEC start-up. The comprehensive survey covers the assessment and discussion of the main influencing factors and methods (e.g. inocula selection, enrichment, acclimation, operating conditions and cell architecture) that assist the design of MECs. This work intends to be a helpful guide for the interested readers about the strategies employed to successfully establish microbial electrochemical cells for sustainable biohydrogen production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-597
Number of pages9
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The financial assistance to the first author (Gopalakrishnan Kumar) from Ton Duc Thang University, Vietnam is highly acknowledged. Péter Bakonyi acknowledges the support received from National Research, Development and Innovation Office (Hungary) under Grant no. PD 115640. Dr. Periyasamy Sivagurunathan greatly acknowledges the financial contribution provided by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) postdoctoral fellowship. This work was supported by Korea Research Fellowship Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning. The “GINOP-2.3.2-15 – Excellence of strategic R+D workshops (Development of modular, mobile water treatment systems and waste water treatment technologies based on University of Pannonia to enhance growing dynamic export of Hungary (2016–2020))” is thanked for supporting this work.

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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