On October 26th, Jose Molto and Rocio Roldan, both chemical engineers at Exergy Ltd (Coventry, UK), held the first meeting with NJ Tech University (China) regarding the AgroCycle project in order to discuss technical aspects linked with the production of electricity through microbial fuel cells (MFC) from agrofood wastes (AFW). Dr. Xiaoyu Yong, lecturer in College of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Engineering at Nanjing TECH University attended the meeting which was held in the Department of Biology in York University, where Dr. Yong is based until early March 2017 (North West England).
Different aspects related to the microbial fuel cell task (part of the WP2 in AgroCycle project – Biofuels production) were discussed: Previous work developed in NJ Uni (China), potential of the MFC in the soil and wastewater remediation, enhancement of the MFC for a better electricity production and design of a new MFC configuration and testing in the UK and China, among others.
“It is a perfect opportunity for collaboration between Europe and China. Cooperation between SMEs (Exergy) and research organisms (NJ Uni) will bring new capabilities and knowledge transfer at different geographical and feedstock levels. This will enable a global collaboration as well as the implementation of different circular solutions and validation from different approaches. NanJing Tech Uni, specifically Dr. Yong and his team, has a wide expertise and previous work on this area which will be undoubtedly an advantage for the Agrocycle project outcomes and in order to progress in the proposed research of MFC” – Says Rocio Roldan – Chemical Engineer at Exergy Ltd.
Photo: Rocio Roldan, Dr. Yong and Jose Molto in the Department of Biology at York Uni