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Glucose biobattery for energy harvesting (Bio2)


The project Bio2 is an opportunity to develop and optimize a biobattery for different applications on human beings. It is a high-efficiency system, which meets the needs of current society to power electric devices such as pacemakers or insulin pumps, thus improving the quality of life.

The project has been funded by the Programme Torres Quevedo of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, which is part of the State Program for the Promotion of Talent and its Employability, within the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2013-2016 (REF: PTQ-14-07145).


The general aim of the project Bio2 is to study and develop the components needed to obtain a biobattery prototype for the power supply of low-power sensors. In addition, the project aims at studying the integration of a biosensor able to monitoring the biobattery performance and to send out signals giving plenty of information.


During this first year, it has been carried out an initial study of the state of the art of biobatteries and biosensors, which has made it possible to select the most efficient and innovative materials and methodologies that will be used to develop enzymatic electrodes of the biobattery.

In addition, basic components for enzymatic electrodes have been developed and the most suitable ones have been selected according to the functionalities and physico-chemical properties from which we expect to take benefit.

Finally, they have been identified the reactions which take place in human beings to obtain electrons from the oxidation of glucose, taking into account the products and by-products generated in this process, which can sometimes be damaging to living tissues.


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