Bioelectrochemical cell

A main item of Magneto’s strategy is to further expand her product range with various types of innovative electrochemical cells. One of those innovative electrochemical cells is the bioelectrochemical cell (BEC). BECs are cells in which electrochemically active bacteria catalyze the oxidation of (in)organic electron donors on the anode. Magneto started her research & development activities on BECs already in 2004 in cooperation with strategic research partners, such as Wetsus and Wageningen University.

Since April 2012, Magneto is participating in an EU research project called ‘BioelectroMET’. The aim of ‘BioelectroMET’ is to develop a BEC that is capable of recovering metals from process streams using electron donors that are available on-site. Process streams that could be used originate for example from mines (e.g. acid mine drainage) and the metal winning industry.

Since September 2012, Magneto is participating in the EU project ‘ValuefromUrine’. This project aims at developing a new system for the decentral treatment of urine. Magneto develops and manufactures the BEC that is part of this system. The BEC enables the recovery of electrical energy from urine. Currently, a pilot BEC is running on urine at the water board in the City of Leeuwarden, The Netherlands (photo below).

For more information, you can contact Adriaan Jeremiasse.