Impact of biochar on the anaerobic digestion of citrus peel waste

Fagohungbe, Michael O. and Herbert, Ben Michael John and Hurst, Lois and Li, Hong and Usmani, Shams Qamar and Semple, Kirk Taylor (2016) Impact of biochar on the anaerobic digestion of citrus peel waste. Bioresource Technology, 216. pp. 142-149. ISSN 0960-8524

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In this study, the impact of different types of biochar and biochar ratios on the anaerobic digestion of citrus peel waste was investigated. Citrus peel has an inhibitory effect on anaerobic digestion. The presence of biochar had two effects: a reduction in the length of the lag phase and greater production of methane relative to citrus peel waste only incubations. The microbial lag phases decreased with increase in citrus peel to biochar ratios, with 2:1 having the longest lag phase of 9.4 days and 1:3, the shortest, with the value of 7.5 days. The cumulative methane production in incubations containing biochar and citrus peel ranged from 163.9 – 185.0 ml CH4 gVS-1, while citrus peel only produced 165.9 ml CH4 gVS-1. Examination of the biochar material revealed colonies of putative methanogens. The synergy of D-limonene adsorption and microbial immobilisation by biochar appears to improve the performance of anaerobic digestion.

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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Bioresource Technology. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Bioresource Technology, 216, 2016 DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2016.04.106
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