Journal article Open Access
Strik, David Petrus Bonifacius Theordorus Bernardus; Timmers, Ruud A; Helder, Marjolein; Steinbusch, Kirsten JJ; Hamelers, Hubertus VM; Buisman, Cees JN
Microbial solar cells (MSCs) are recently developed technologies utilizing solar energy to produce electricity or chemicals. MSCs use photoautotrophic microorganisms or higher plants to harvest solar energy, and use electrochemically active microorganisms in the bioelectrochemical system to generate electrical current. Here, we review the principles and performance of various MSCs, in an effort to identify the most promising systems as well as the bottlenecks and potential solutions towards „real life. MSC application. We give an outlook on future applications based on the intrinsic advantages of MSCs, showcasing specifically how these living energy systems can facilitate the development of an electricity-producing green roof.