The research investigated the production of Biohythane in a two-phase anaerobic digestion process treating food waste as substrate. Preliminary batch assays were carried out at initial organic loadings of 15, 20, 25 and 30 kg TVS m(-3), in stirred 1.5-l reactors at 55 degrees C. The results showed all hydrogen was produced within the first 24 h after feeding and the highest load tested gave the maximum hydrogen production (0.047 m(3) H-2 kg(-1)VS, H-2 30%). Similar loadings were then tested in a two-phase system. Hydraulic retention times of 3 and 12 days were applied to the first and second reactor respectively. In order to keep the pH at similar to 5.5, either supernatant or whole digestate from the methanogenic reactor was recirculated to the first phase. Results showed that hydrogen was produced (0.117 Nm(3) kg(-1) VS, 47.7%) when recirculating whole digestate with an organic loading rate of 20 kg TVS m(-3) day(-1)

Biohydrogen production from food waste in batch and semi-continuous conditions: Evaluation of a two-phase approach with digestate recirculation for pH control

BOLZONELLA, David;
2013

Abstract

The research investigated the production of Biohythane in a two-phase anaerobic digestion process treating food waste as substrate. Preliminary batch assays were carried out at initial organic loadings of 15, 20, 25 and 30 kg TVS m(-3), in stirred 1.5-l reactors at 55 degrees C. The results showed all hydrogen was produced within the first 24 h after feeding and the highest load tested gave the maximum hydrogen production (0.047 m(3) H-2 kg(-1)VS, H-2 30%). Similar loadings were then tested in a two-phase system. Hydraulic retention times of 3 and 12 days were applied to the first and second reactor respectively. In order to keep the pH at similar to 5.5, either supernatant or whole digestate from the methanogenic reactor was recirculated to the first phase. Results showed that hydrogen was produced (0.117 Nm(3) kg(-1) VS, 47.7%) when recirculating whole digestate with an organic loading rate of 20 kg TVS m(-3) day(-1)
Anaerobic Digestion; hydrogen; methane; food waste
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