EvoBot in service: interface and interconnection of Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) with a liquid handling robot for optimised performance
Research output: Contribution to conference - NOT published in proceeding or journal › Conference abstract for conference › Research
MFCs have previously been reported to power mobile robotic systems such as; Gastrobot, the four families of EcoBot (I, II, III and IV) and Row-bot (a floating robot). However, in order for MFCs to be implemented into the next generation of autonomous agents, their power output capability needs to be improved.
This was pursued using a liquid handling robot called EvoBot , which interacted with MFCs using a feedback loop mechanism. The real-time electrical output of the MFCs was monitored and fed back to the robot, which was triggering the robotic liquid handling head to supply fuel, in the event of underperformance. This self-managed maintenance mechanism that prompted a feeding “on demand” was able to accelerate the maturing process of the MFCs from 30 down to 6 days. Notably, it also increased the power output by almost 40% compared to the output produced by the manually maintained MFCs on the bench (19.1 mWm-2 to 26.5 mWm-2). This experiment showed the potential of using EvoBot as a maintenance machine for optimising MFCs which can then power autonomous robots.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|Event||International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology - |
Duration: 7 Oct 2019 → 11 Oct 2019
|Conference||International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology|
|Period||07/10/2019 → 11/10/2019|