Improvement of methane production from P. canaliculata through mechanical pretreatment

Rodriguez, Cristina and Alaswad, A. and Hassan, Z.El and Olabi, A.G. (2017) Improvement of methane production from P. canaliculata through mechanical pretreatment. Renewable Energy, 119. pp. 73-78. ISSN 0960-1481

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Abstract

In order to increase the methane yield from biomass, this paper investigates the mechanical pretreatment effect of a Hollander beater on the anaerobic digestion process of Pelvetia canaliculata macroalgae using a response surface methodology (RSM). Higher values on methane yield were obtained at lower F/I ratios, with an increase up to 2.5-fold at an F/I value of 0.3. A multi-objective optimization study was carried out with the aim of maximizing the methane yield while minimizing the pretreatment time. An optimum methane yield of 283 ml/gVS was obtained for 50 min pretreatment time and a ratio F/I of 0.3, which represents an increase of 45% compared to non-pretreated algae.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H100 General Engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Abed Alaswad
Date Deposited: 29 May 2018 14:13
Last Modified: 31 May 2018 15:05
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5969

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