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Biohydrogen generation from anaerobic digestion of food waste

Authors Xiao, Liping
Deng, Zhiyi
Fung, Ka Yip View this author's profile
Ng, Ka Ming View this author's profile
Issue Date 2013
Source International journal of hydrogen energy , v. 38, (32), October 2013, p. 13907-13913
Summary Biohydrogen generated from the anaerobic digestion of a synthetic food waste with constant composition and a real food waste collected in Hong Kong were studied. This study aims at using a monoculture to increase biohydrogen production and determining optimum conditions for maximum biohydrogen production. Among the nine bacteria screened for biohydrogen production, Escherichia cloacae and Enterobacter aerogenes produced the largest amount of biohydrogen from the anaerobic digestion of synthetic food waste. The optimum anaerobic digestion conditions were determined: initial pH of 7, a water to solids ratio of 5 (w/w), a mesophilic temperature (37 +/- 1 degrees C), and in the presence of 40 mg/L FeSO4 center dot 7H(2)O. Anaerobic digestion at the optimum operating conditions using collected food waste with E. cloacae as the bacterial source was also performed. By adjusting the pH in the range of 5-6, a specific biohydrogen production of 155.2 mL/g of volatile solids (VS) in food waste was obtained.
ISSN 0360-3199
Language English
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