Bacteria to power the smart sensor applications: Biofuel cell for low-power IoT devices

Andrey Somov, Pavel Gotovtsev, Andrey Dyakov, Alisa Alenicheva, Yuliya Plehanova, Sergey Tarasov, Anatoly Reshetilov

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    Abstract

    The Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm has penetrated into a number of Smart-x applications. However, most 'things' are battery powered devices with limited energy resource. We present a microbial biofuel cell based on Gluconobactor oxydans bacteria which is able to continuously generate nearly 0.2 mW·cm-2 at 0.5 V in waste or sewage water. The proposed solution is capable of supplying a low-power IoT device with processing, wireless communication (2.4 GHz) and sensing functions (temperature, humidity and light) onboard. The IoT device is powered via a supercapacitor which acts as an energy buffer for the biofuel harvester. The system operates at low 1% duty cycle.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIEEE World Forum on Internet of Things, WF-IoT 2018 - Proceedings
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    Pages802-806
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)9781467399449
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2018
    Event4th IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things, WF-IoT 2018 - Singapore, Singapore
    Duration: 5 Feb 20188 Feb 2018

    Publication series

    NameIEEE World Forum on Internet of Things, WF-IoT 2018 - Proceedings
    Volume2018-January

    Conference

    Conference4th IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things, WF-IoT 2018
    Country/TerritorySingapore
    CitySingapore
    Period5/02/188/02/18

    Keywords

    • biofuel cell
    • biotechnology
    • internet of things
    • wireless sensing

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