Identification of Internal Resistance of Microbial Fuel Cell by Electrochemical Technique and Its Effect on Voltage Change and Organic Matter Reduction Associated with Power Management System

전기화학적 기법에 의한 미생물연료전지 내부저항 특성 파악 및 전력관리시스템 연계 전압 변화와 유기물 저감에 미치는 영향

  • Jang, Jae Kyung (Energy and Environmental Division, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Rural Development Administration) ;
  • Park, Hyemin (Energy and Environmental Division, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Rural Development Administration) ;
  • Kim, Taeyoung (Energy and Environmental Division, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Rural Development Administration) ;
  • Yang, Yoonseok (Division of Biomedical Engineering, Chonbuk National University) ;
  • Yeo, Jeongjin (Division of Biomedical Engineering, Chonbuk National University) ;
  • Kang, Sukwon (Energy and Environmental Division, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Rural Development Administration) ;
  • Paek, Yee (Energy and Environmental Division, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Rural Development Administration) ;
  • Kwon, Jin Kyung (Energy and Environmental Division, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Rural Development Administration)
  • 장재경 (국립농업과학원 농업공학부 에너지환경공학과) ;
  • 박혜민 (국립농업과학원 농업공학부 에너지환경공학과) ;
  • 김태영 (국립농업과학원 농업공학부 에너지환경공학과) ;
  • 양윤석 (전북대학교 바이오메디컬공학부) ;
  • 여정진 (전북대학교 바이오메디컬공학부) ;
  • 강석원 (국립농업과학원 농업공학부 에너지환경공학과) ;
  • 백이 (국립농업과학원 농업공학부 에너지환경공학과) ;
  • 권진경 (국립농업과학원 농업공학부 에너지환경공학과)
  • Published : 2018.10.31


The internal resistance of microbial fuel cell (MFC) using stainless steel skein for oxidizing electrode was investigated and the factors affecting the voltage generation were identified. We also investigated the effect of power management system (PMS) on the usability for MFC and the removal efficiency of organic pollutants. The performance of a stack microbial fuel cell connected with (PMS) or PMS+LED was analyzed by the voltage generation and organic matter reduction. The maximum power density of the unit cells was found to be $5.82W/m^3$ at $200{\Omega}$. The maximum current density was $47.53A/m^3$ without power overshoot even under $1{\Omega}$. The ohmic resistance ($R_s$) and the charge transfer resistance ($R_{ct}$) of the oxidation electrode using stainless steel skein electrode, were $0.56{\Omega}$ and $0.02{\Omega}$, respectively. However, the sum of internal resistance for reduction electrode using graphite felts loaded Pt/C catalyst was $6.64{\Omega}$. Also, in order to understand the internal resistance, the current interruption method was used by changing the external resistance as $50{\Omega}$, $300{\Omega}$, $5k{\Omega}$. It has been shown that the ohm resistance ($R_s$) decreased with the external resistance. In the case of a series-connected microbial fuel cell, the reversal phenomenon occurred even though two cells having the similar performance. However, the output of the PMS constantly remained for 20 hours even when voltage reversal occurred. Also the removal ability of organic pollutants (SCOD) was not reduced. As a result of this study, it was found that buffering effect for a certain period of time when the voltage reversal occurred during the operation of the microbial fuel cell did not have a serious effect on the energy loss or the operation of the microbial fuel cell.


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