The aim of this project is to further the understanding of microbial bioelectrochemical systems (BES) to facilitate their implementation in a range of industries. The biolectrochemical system technology will be developed as a simultaneous pollution abatement technology with resource recovery for sewage treatment, metal recovery, and the carbon capture and conversion to sustainable chemical feedstocks for the chemical industry. This will not only provide manufacturing and export opportunities for an emerging biotechnology but also reduce the water pollution and carbon emission of several UK based foundation industries.
The project is funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering under the Chairs in Emerging Technology programme (CiET1819\2\86) from 2020 to 2029 with a project value of £2.7 million. The collaborative partners include DwrCymru Welsh Water, TATA Steel, Port Talbot and Chivas Brothers.