Faculty Advisor

Dibiasio, David

Faculty Advisor

Miller, Judith E.


A microbial fuel cell utilizes the natural metabolic activities of microorganisms in the production of electrical power. The objectives of this project were (1) to determine the feasibility of using activated sludge as the microbe for a microbial fuel cell, (2) to determine the optimal setup to yield the most electrical power, and (3) to evaluate the scale up of our microbial fuel cell. The results of this project indicate that activated sludge is capable of generating electrical power, the simplified cell being the best setup, and the scale up of the model could potentially power a wastewater treatment plant.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2002


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology