Production of electrical energy from carbohydrates using a transition metal-catalysed liquid alkaline fuel cell

J McGinley, FN McHale, P Hughes, CN Reid, Anthony McHale

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Abstract

Biomass may be converted to energy by enzymatic hydrolysis to monomer components and fermentative conversion of those products to ethanol for use as fuel. Both glucose and xylose in aqueous solution were directly converted to electrical energy using a liquid alkaline fuel cell (AFC) at room temperature. Hydrolysis products derived from the action of cellulase and amylase on cellulose and starch, respectively, were also used as fuels in the AFC system. We suggest that this approach may provide a more direct means of accessing some of the energy available from biomass.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1771-1776
JournalBiotechnology Letters
Volume26
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004

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