Fuel cells for carbon capture applications

Mohammad Ali Abdelkareem, Maryam Abdullah Lootah, Enas Taha Sayed*, Tabbi Wilberforce, Hussain Alawadhi, Bashria A.A. Yousef, A. G. Olabi

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The harmful effect of carbon pollution leads to depletion of the ozone layer, which is one of the main challenges confronting the world. Although progress is made in developing different carbon dioxide (CO2) capturing methods, these methods are still expensive and face several technical challenges. Fuel cells (FCs) are efficient energy converting devices that produce energy via an electrochemical process. Recently varying kinds of fuel cells are considered as an effective method for CO2 capturing and/or conversion. Among the different types of fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), molten carbonate fuel cells (MCFCs), and microbial fuel cells (MFCs) demonstrated promising results in this regard. High-temperature fuel cells such as SOFCs and MCFCs are effectively used for CO2 capturing through their electrolyte and have shown promising results in combination with power plants or industrial effluents. An algae-based microbial fuel cell is an electrochemical device used to capture and convert carbon dioxide through the photosynthesis process using algae strains to organic matters and simultaneously power generation. This review present a brief background about carbon capture and storage techniques and the technological advancement related to carbon dioxide captured by different fuel cells, including molten carbonate fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells, and algae-based fuel cells.

Original languageEnglish
Article number144243
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Early online date24 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2021


  • Algae based microbial fuel cell
  • Carbon capture
  • Climate change
  • Fossil fuel
  • Fuel cells


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