Allometric scaling of microbial fuel cells and stacks: The lifeform case for scale-up

Greenman, J. and Ieropoulos, I. A. (2017) Allometric scaling of microbial fuel cells and stacks: The lifeform case for scale-up. Journal of Power Sources, 356. pp. 365-370. ISSN 0378-7753 [In Press] Available from:

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This case study reports for the first time on the comparison between allometric scaling of lifeforms and scale-up of microbial fuel cell entities; enlarging individual units in volume, footprint and electrode surface area but also multiplying a static size/footprint and electrode surface area to scale-up by stacking. A study published in 2010 by DeLong et al. showed for the first time that Kleiber's law does not apply uniformly to all lifeforms, and that in fact growth rate for prokaryotes is superlinear, for protists is linear and for metazoa is sublinear. The current study, which is utilising data from previous experiments, is showing for the first time that for individual MFC units, which are enlarged, growth rate/power is sublinear, whereas for stacks this is superlinear.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:microbial fuel cells, allometric laws, metabolic rate, body mass
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics
ID Code:31628
Deposited By: J.-M. Maheu
Deposited On:24 Apr 2017 14:14
Last Modified:14 Apr 2018 07:30

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