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Microbial Fuel Cell Market

Microbial Fuel Cell Market: Information by Type (Mediator, Mediator-Free), Application (Power Generation), End-User (Agriculture, Healthcare), and Region — Forecast till 2029

The Global Microbial Fuel Cell Market size is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.7% during the forecast period. Microbial fuel cells (MFC) are a new generation of fuel cells that employ the use of bacteria and convert the released energy into electric
Report Code: SREP963DR

Market Overview

The Global Microbial Fuel Cell Market size is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.7% during the forecast period.

Microbial fuel cells (MFC) are a new generation of fuel cells that employ the use of bacteria and convert the released energy into electrical energy. These cells run on food waste, sewage, and wastewater and are environmentally friendly since they don't burn fossil fuels to produce electricity. The bacteria present in the microbial fuel cell continue to generate electricity by replicating themselves, as long as the source (food) to nourish them is made available. There has been a considerable amount of investment in the research and development of these cells.

Growing demand for energy production with renewable and alternative fuel sources is gaining momentum and likely to create upswings for market growth. The idea of harnessing energy from bacteria was coined in 1911 by a professor of botany called M.C Potter. The market is in its growth and developmental stage and will continue to see a positive trend owing to the demand for renewable energy from all quarters.

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
Base Year 2021
Study Period 2017-2029
Forecast Period 2023-2031
CAGR 3.7%
Market Size 4500
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
Geographies Covered
  • North America
  • Europe
  • APAC
  • Middle East and Africa
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Market Dynamics

Global Movement to Reduce Carbon Footprint to Upsurge the Demand of Microbial Fuel Cell

Under the Paris Agreement, countries around the world have intended to reduce their carbon footprints through NDCs or Nationally Determined Contributions. The current goals fall short of meeting the targets set at the Climate Conference, as per the International Renewable Energy Agency,. However, the 2020 revisions of NDCs represent an opportunity for countries to realign their national strategies and goals, which will require a more comprehensive deployment of renewable energy that amounts to 7.7 TW of installed capacity.

Investments play an important role in the deployment of renewable energy technologies in developing and developed countries. The introduction of renewable energy finance underlines the tremendous potential for countries to meet their climate change targets and help drive the global transition to low carbon-emission. For instance, the introduction of green bonds that help countries raise money for green projects is a step in the right direction.

Institutional investments by the World Bank and others also support renewable energy penetration and help in meeting sustainable development goals (SDGs). Furthermore, the ability to harness energy from waste is also gaining momentum to reduce the dependency on fossil fuels.  

Regional Analysis

Canada and the U.S. to Spearhead North America's Market Growth

According to the International Monetary Fund World Economic, in 2018, North America stood first in terms of nominal GDP and second in terms of purchasing power across the globe. Its nominal GDP accounted for USD 19.39 trillion in 2017 and is expected to touch USD 24.53 trillion by 2023.

North America is forecasted to hold a substantial value share in the microbial fuel cells market during the forecast period. The region's flourishing industrial sector and ever-growing population are fuelling the demand for higher energy generation. Concurrently, depleting fossil fuel reserves and environmental concerns are witnessing a seismic shift towards renewable energy. This is leading to considerable investment in the research and development of renewable energy sources. As per the UNESCO report, the total research and development spending in the U.S. was around 2.7% of the GDP.  Thus, the increasing investments will propel the growth and development of the microbial fuel cell market during the forecast period.

North America is the largest producer of municipal solid waste globally. As per the Environmental Protection Agency, the total generation of municipal solid waste was around 267.8 million tons or roughly 4.5 pounds of waste per person per day. Waste to energy has emerged as the ideal solution for the challenges of energy scarcity as it provides a much cleaner and cheaper mode of addressing energy shortages while reducing the dependence on fossil fuels. The regulatory scenario in North America also creates a solid ground for clean energy generation and consumption, which is further surging the popularity of microbial fuel cells.

Furthermore, in the year 2017, Canada was home to the highest total of waste generation worldwide. As per the EPA, the country generated about 181 million tons of agricultural waste in 2018.  This makes the microbial fuel cell market more lucrative in this region owing to the high quantity of waste generated.

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Segmental Analysis

Massive Waste Production by the Food and Beverage Industry to Accelerate the Market Growth

The food and beverage industry is one of the fastest-growing segments in the microbial fuel cell market. The food and beverage industry is a leading industry in Europe and is considered one of the significant contributors to the region's economy. As per FoodDrinkEurope, the total external trade accounted for USD 121 billion, where Europe held 18% due to high resurgent investments of about USD 3.2 billion in research and development. Furthermore, the industry's industry's annual turnover was around USD 1.23 trillion in 2017.

The food and beverage industry produces millions of tons of waste per year, further unlocking lucrative opportunities for the development of microbial fuel cells in the region. The wastewater is rich in organic compounds and serves as a fuel for the microorganism to produce electricity from the waste. Brewery manufacturing plants in Europe are one of the biggest producers of waste post-production. As per the Brewers of Europe, there are around 9500 breweries in Europe that create 2.3 million jobs. The increasing preferences for craft beers are further propelling market growth.

Top Key Players of Microbial Fuel Cell Market

  1. Protonex
  2. Cambrian Innovation Inc
  3. Fluence Corporation Limited
  4. Cambrian Innovation Inc
  5. Vinpro Technologies
  6. Triqua International BV
  7. Sainergy Tech, Inc.
  8. MICROrganic Technologies
  9. Prongineer
  10. Microbial Robotics
  11. Emefcy
  12. ElectroChem
  13. Fluence Corporation Limited

Microbial Fuel Cell Market Segmentations

By Type

  •  Mediator
  •  Mediator-Free

By Application

  • Power Generation
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Hydrogen Production
  • Desalination
  • Remote sensors
  • Remote Power source
  • Biosensor

By End-User

  • Agriculture
  • Food and Beverage
  • Healthcare
  • Government and Municipal

By Regions

  • North America
  • Europe
  • APAC
  • Middle East and Africa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the growth rate for the Microbial Fuel Cell Market?
Microbial Fuel Cell Market size will grow at approx. CAGR of 3.7% during the forecast period.
Some of the top industry players in Microbial Fuel Cell Market are, Protonex, Cambrian Innovation Inc, Fluence Corporation Limited, Cambrian Innovation Inc, Vinpro Technologies, Triqua International BV, Sainergy Tech, Inc., MICROrganic Technologies, Prongineer, Microbial Robotics, Emefcy, ElectroChem, Fluence Corporation Limited, etc.
In the Microbial Fuel Cell Market, North America has established itself as the market leader with a significant market share.
The Asia Pacific region has experienced the highest growth rate in the Microbial Fuel Cell Market.
The global Microbial Fuel Cell Market report is segmented as follows: By Type, By Application, By End-User

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