Recent Advances in Bio-electrochemical System Analysis in Biorefineries

Samarjeet Singh Siwal, Qibo Zhang*, Adesh Kumar Saini, Vijai Kumar Gupta, Dave Roberts, Vipin Saini, Frederic Coulon, Bhawna Pareek, Vijay Kumar Thakur*

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Concerns around acquiring the appropriate resources toward a growing world population have emphasized the significance of crucial connections between food, energy, and water devices, as described within the food-energy-water nexus theory. Advanced biorefineries provide second-generation biofuels and added-value chemicals through food products have affected these nexus sources. We combine various conversion technologies and expected options to look further for cost-effective technologies that maximize the value of resource use and reuse and minimize the amount of resource needed and environmental impacts. In this review article, our central focus is on structure and application, the outline of food-energy-water (FEW) nexus in biorefineries and bio-electrochemical system (BES) and looking into the energy-efficient and value-added product recovery. In addition, based on BES analysis for energy efficiency and valuable product recoveries such as hydrogen evaluation, acetate, recovery of heavy metals, nutrient’s recovery has been discussed under this article. Additionally, we focused on wastewater processing methods, novel electrode materials used in BES, BESs-based desalination and wastewater treatment, recent BES architecture and designs, genetic engineering for enhanced productivity, and valuable materials production surfactants and hydrogen peroxide. Finally, we concluded the topic by discussing the remediation of soil contamination, photosynthetic & microfluidic BES systems, possibilities of employing CO2, including prospects and challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Article number105982
JournalJournal of Environmental Chemical Engineering
Issue number5
Early online date2 Jul 2021
Publication statusPrint publication - Oct 2021


  • Bio-electrochemical system
  • Biorefinery
  • Environmental impacts
  • Microbial fuel cells
  • Value-added products


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