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PlantPower - Living plants in microbial fuel cells for clean, renewable, sustainable, efficient, in-situ bioenergy production

Objective

Living plants in microbial fuel cells might be used as future large-scale Europe wide green energy providers. Such a system can produce in-situ 24 hours per day green electricity or biohydrogen without harvesting the plants. That this might become true was indicated by our first small scale proof of principle experiments describing the so called Plant Microbial Fuel Cell (Plant-MFC) (Strik, 2008, De Schamphelaire, 2008). The Plant-MFC aims to transform solar radiation into green electricity or biohydrogen in a clean and efficient manner. In the Plant-MFC concept, living plants and living microbes form an electrochemical system that is capable of sustainable production of green electricity or biohydrogen from solar energy. By its nature, the Plant-MFC is in potential 5 times more efficient than conventional bio-energy systems. The technology might be implemented in several ways, ranging from local small scale electricity providers to large scale energy wetlands & islands, high-tech energy & food supplying greenhouses and novel biorefineries. This way, affordable bioenergy maybe produced in Europe as well as in developing countries. Plant-MFCs can be integrated in landscapes invisibly which makes this technology socially highly acceptable. However, exploration of new areas of science & technology is necessary to overcome Plant-MFCs bottlenecks and to make this principally clean, renewable and sustainable technology come true. It is now time to show that significant independent European biofuel & bioelectricity production is possible; we propose that Plant-MFCs can be an excellent choice for our future. We expect that Plant-MFC technology can at least cover 20% of Europe’s primary energy need in a real clean & sustainable way. The Plant-MFC concept has several attractive qualities which can provide the significant break through for sustainable energy production in Europe. It will reinforcing competitiveness of Europe since Plant-MFC is world-wide implementable.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/solar energy
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/atmospheric sciences/meteorology/solar radiation

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2008-FET
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 010 875
Administrative Contact
David Strik (Mr.)

Participants (9)

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 646 867,15
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Petra Insberg (Ms.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 477 821,60
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Saskia Vanden Broeck (Ms.)
MAST CARBON INTERNATIONAL LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 206 444,50
Address
Jays Close Viables
RG22 4BA Basingstoke
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steve Tennison (Prof.)
Eisenhuth GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 204 380
Address
Friedrich-ebert-strasse 203
37520 Osterode
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thorsten Hickmann (Dr.)
Maris Projects B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 143 590
Address
Huygensweg 26
5482TG Schijndel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ruben Van Maris (Mr.)
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM MUENCHEN DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER GESUNDHEIT UND UMWELT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 370 322,25
Address
Ingolstadter Landstrasse 1
85764 Neuherberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jürgen Ertel (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE DE RENNES I
France
EU contribution
€ 371 960
Address
Rue Du Thabor 2
35065 Rennes Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yolaine Bompays (Ms.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 524 059,50
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jan Snel (Dr.)
Monsanto Holland BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 32 760
Address
Westeinde 161
1601 BM Enkhuizen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frank Millenaar (Dr.)