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Design and demonstration of a Microbial Fuel Cell for applications in Living Architecture

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Excellent Science

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Innovation Radar's analysis of this innovation is based on data collected on 08/07/2019

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  • Project

    This innovation was developed under the Horizon 2020 project LIAR. Details of this project are provided below:

    Project acronym: LIAR

    Project Title: Living Architecture

    Project description: Living Architecture (LIAR) is a modular bioreactor-wall, which is based on the operational principles of microbial fuel cell technology and synthetic ‘consortia’ of microbes. LIAR is conceived as a next-generation selectively-programmable bioreactor and integral component of human dwelling, capable of extracting valuable resources from waste water and air, generation of oxygen and production of proteins and fiber by manipulating consortia performance. Its operational principles are grounded in distributed sensing, decentralised autonomous information processing, high-degree of fault-tolerance and distributed actuation and reconfiguration. Applications within urban systems are examined as a form of customizable micro-agriculture for installation in domestic, public (schools, hospitals) and office environments. Such a system has far reaching impacts on the building performance (resilience, resource recycling) manufacturing and design with ecosystems.The project establishes: • Foundational concepts through which ‘designed’ metabolisms can computationally process, recycle, remediate and synthesise valuable compounds from waste water. • Transferable principles by which synthetic ecosystems can shape the environmental performance of our living spaces to increase our health, productivity and ecosystems impact.• New standards for synthetic ‘ecosystems’ through consortia design, engineering and optimization.

    Project end date: 30/06/2019

    More info:

    • Read more about this project on CORDIS (find names of contact persons and their phone numbers on the CORDIS page)

    • Details of this project on the Horizon 2020 dashboard

    Key Innovator(s)

    LIQUIFER SYSTEMS GROUP GMBH

    VIENNA, AT

    Small or Medium Enterprise

    EXPLORA SRL

    ROMA, IT

    Small or Medium Enterprise

    UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND, BRISTOL

    BRISTOL, UK

    Higher Education Institute / Research Centre