Turkish researchers were successful in generating electricity using a fuel cell, algae and a tin-coated copper can, according to an study published in Wiley Online.
In order to analyze the power generation capacity of algae biomass, The researchers used a multi-anode sediment microbial fuel cell (SMFC) with a multi-anode reactor configuration in a tin-coated copper mesh and a titanium mesh cathode coated with platinum.
The SMFC generated 2965 mW/m2, the highest power density ever recorded in SMFC studies. Microscopic studies and the study of gene profiling indicate that TCCM's biocompatibility facilitates adhesion to bacteria and improves electroactive bacteria. The researchers observed the algae biomass in the SMFC can be used to increase electricity production dramatically.
Biologically, Algae covers a wide and diverse community of photosynthetic eucarious organisms. Most are phototrophic (derive their energy from the sun). Green algae are members of the major algae that have chloroplasts originating from endosymbiotic cyanobacteria.
Algae's properties can be used to fuel a variety of active biotechnological efforts. Algae is a broad and wide-ranging aquatic community that is able, by photosyntheses, to generate oxygen. It can extract energy from the sun to expand and produce biochemicals.