Microbial electrosynthesis (MES) technology relies on the direct use of electrons to convert CO2 into long chain organic chemicals. Therefore, MES has been proposed to be coupled to the renewable electricity supply, mainly from solar and wind sources. However, those energies suffer fluctuations and interruptions of variable duration, which can have an adverse effect on MES performance.
Such effects on MES has been evaluated for the first time under different interruptions time. H-cell-MES reactors were disconnected from power supply during 4, 6, 8, 16, 32 and 64 h. Interruptions affected the acetate production rate, causing a decrease of until 77% after 64 h off. However, after all the interruptions, the acetate production was restored, taking between 7 and 16 h for the reduction current to turn steady.
Therefore, microbial community on MES proved to be resilient and able to recover the electro-autotrophic activity despite the duration of current supply interruptions.