Algae Fuel Cell

Fernanda Semedo, Year 12

My project is ‘To investigate the feasibility of building an algae fuel cell that generates sufficient electricity to charge a phone’.

I’ve been fortunate enough to make contact with the Biochemistry department of the University of Cambridge and have the guidance of a postdoctoral researcher focused on bio photovoltaic cells(BPVs)

From the knowledge I gained from many academic papers, the chemistry department at CSFC and the assistance of the members of the Biochemistry department, I was able to come up with a simple set up that produced 0.32mV on its first trial.

However, due to increased levels of resistance and subsequently very low levels of current on my previous set-up I’ve decided to change my set up and the Biochemistry department of the University of Cambridge has been kind enough to support me with one of their prototypes of an educational tool kit of a BPV to try and build at home.

This project is in development…. more to come!