Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Emilius Surdirjo

Date: 12 February 2020
Time: 13:30 - 15:00
Location: Auditorium, Wageningen University

Dissertation title: 

Plant Microbial Fuel Cell in Paddy Field: a power source for rural area

Group: Environmental Technology, Wageningen University

Promotors: Prof. Dr. Ir Cees J.N Buisman
Co-promotors: Dr. Ir. David P.B.T.B Strik


In a need to replace fossil fuel with a renewable energy for electricity generation in a rural area, Plant-MFC is considered as an alternative. The Plant-MFC is considered as a clean and renewable source of electricity since carbon dioxide is fixed via photosynthesis and released as rhizodeposits by the plants and are utilized by the microorganism that return the carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The objective of this thesis is to pre-assess the applicability of the Plant-MFC as an off-grid low power source in a rural area for a theoretical Indonesian case. For this first, a technical design was made for a household in rural area of Indonesia based on the latest research developments. Next the applicability was assessed on technical, social, and environmental criteria as well as economics and some scenarios were suggested which could improve the real application. Values for a plant-MFC system to fulfil basic electricity needs were calculated.

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