Plant Microbial Fuel Cell Energy Harvesting Boost Converter With/Without the Super Capacitor

  • Jeetendra Prasad Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad
  • Ramesh Kumar Tripathi
Keywords: plant microbial fuel cell; super capacitor; DC-DC boost converter; bioelectricity.


Due to high energy demands around the world, there is a need to attend for searching an alternative renewable and sustainable energy source. Plant microbial fuel cell (PMFC) is the most promising technology to generate a renewable source of energy. In this paper, a PMFC system has been developed and the generation of electricity has been tested for 365 days. The PMFC generates a maximum voltage of 0.982 V which is not enough to power the electronic device. So a self-sustainable DC-DC boost converter presents and studies the performance of the boost converter with/without the super capacitor. The DC-DC boost converter boosts up the voltage from 0.982 V to 2.562 V of outputs. It was found that the energy harvester DC-DC boost converter with the super capacitor can deliver up to 2.562 V for 13 minutes which is sufficient to power sensor devices, communication and other remote broadcasts etc.


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How to Cite
Prasad, J., & Tripathi, R. K. (2018). Plant Microbial Fuel Cell Energy Harvesting Boost Converter With/Without the Super Capacitor. Majlesi Journal of Mechatronic Systems, 6(4), 7-13. Retrieved from