Biomethanation and its potential

Angelidaki, Irini, Karakashev, Dimitar, Batstone, Damien J., Plugge, Caroline M. and Stams, Alfons J. M. (2011) Biomethanation and its potential. Methods in Enzymology, 494 Chapter 16: 327-351. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-385112-3.00016-0

Author Angelidaki, Irini
Karakashev, Dimitar
Batstone, Damien J.
Plugge, Caroline M.
Stams, Alfons J. M.
Title Biomethanation and its potential
Journal name Methods in Enzymology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0076-6879
ISBN 9780123851123
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-385112-3.00016-0
Volume 494
Issue Chapter 16
Start page 327
End page 351
Total pages 25
Editor Amy C. Rosenzweig
Stephen W. Ragsdale
Place of publication United States
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Biomethanation is a process by which organic material is microbiologically converted under anaerobic conditions to biogas. Three main physiological groups of microorganisms are involved: fermenting bacteria, organic acid oxidizing bacteria, and methanogenic archaea. Microorganisms degrade organic matter via cascades of biochemical conversions to methane and carbon dioxide. Syntrophic relationships between hydrogen producers (acetogens) and hydrogen scavengers (homoacetogens, hydrogenotrophic methanogens, etc.) are critical to the process. Determination of practical and theoretical methane potential is very important for design for optimal process design, configuration, and effective evaluation of economic feasibility. A wide variety of process applications for biomethanation of wastewaters, slurries, and solid waste have been developed. They utilize different reactor types (fully mixed, plug-flow, biofilm, UASB, etc.) and process conditions (retention times, loading rates, temperatures, etc.) in order to maximize the energy output from the waste and also to decrease retention time and enhance process stability. Biomethanation has strong potential for the production of energy from organic residues and wastes. It will help to reduce the use of fossil fuels and thus reduce CO2 emission.
Keyword Energy resource
Energy yield
Methanogenic archaeon
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Monographic series : Methods in Methane Metabolism, Part A Chapters 1-16

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