Influence of total solid concentration for methane production of cocoa husk co-digested with digested swine manure
by Darwin; Jay J. Cheng; Jorge Gontupil; Zhimin Liu
International Journal of Environment and Waste Management (IJEWM), Vol. 17, No. 1, 2016

Abstract: This study aimed to investigate potential methane production through anaerobic co-digestion of cocoa husk and digested swine manure with different total solids concentration. The research was conducted in batch experiments. Anaerobic co-digestion processes were carried out at different level of solids concentration including 2%, 3%, and 4% total solids concentration. The anaerobic co-digestion process was run at 500 mL batch reactors under constant temperature (35°C) and agitation (270 rpm). Based on the results, volatile solids reduction of control and cocoa husk co-digested with digested swine manure (CH) reactors were 22.69 ± 0.16% and 40.51 ± 0.69%, respectively. In terms of total solids reduction, control and CH reactors had 19 ± 0.34% and 22.7 ± 2.23%, respectively. This condition lead CH reactors run at 4% TS to produce more methane within 30 days of digestion, where in terms of total methane production they generated about 50.68% higher compared with that produced under 2% TS, and around 22.33% higher compared with that produced in 3% TS. In terms of methane yield, CH reactors achieved the highest methane yield at 2% TS which was 60.25 ± 1.60 mL CH4/g VS added, and the lowest methane yield was obtained at CH reactors operated in 4% TS which was around 38.99 ± 1.57 mL CH4/g VS added.

Online publication date: Fri, 06-May-2016

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