The Greenius Project


Green Genius Award

Greenius – or Green Genius – is a new national competition launched by the Deputy Prime Minister to drive forwards the UK’s green agenda.

Project Aim

This project aims to devise a fundamental stacking unit, composed of several MFCs arranged into a single pack, which can be fabricated by standard mass-manufacturing procedures. Each fundamental unit or MFC-stack can then be joined to other stacks in a scalable manner in order to generate massive collectives of MFCs. It is projected that such stacks, composed of 1000s of units fed solely with organic waste, will be capable of stably and predictably powering a broad range of real-world practical applications and will thus provide a route for MFCs towards market commercialisation. For these purposes, the project utilises the team’s unique vision of miniaturisation and multiplication of units, and draws from the expertise in developing some of the largest MFC stacks known (see EcoBot III and Microbial fuel cell stacks projects) and also from the demonstrated potential of making their operation completely self-sustainable (Ledezma et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15, 2278-2281).


For the first phase of the project, the team has carried out extensive investigation into fabrication materials and has successfully produced some of the most inexpensive MFCs to date. These novel MFCs have been assembled into two MFC-stacks, which in conjunction with the Urine-tricity project, have successfully demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to charge a commercially available mobile phone directly from neat urine (Ieropoulos et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., DOI: 10.1039/C3CP52889H). See the Urine-tricity project website for further details.


The Greenius, or Green Genius Award is a national competition launched by the Deputy Prime Minister to drive forward the UK’s green agenda and is run by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and jointly funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The team was recently granted this prestigious award in order to develop a scaling-up strategy for Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) towards commercialisation.

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Bristol BioEnergy Centre
Bristol Robotics Laboratory
University of the West of England
Coldharbour Lane
Bristol, BS16 1QY

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