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Chicken manure and wheat straw co-digestion in batch leach bed reactors: optimization of the start-up conditions

Abstract : Chicken manure can be regarded as a valuable resource for energy recovery in rural areas. In this context, this study evaluated the co-digestion of chicken manure and wheat straw in leach bed reactors (LBRs). Among several parameters that can affect the process performance, the substrate-to-inoculum ratio (S/I), the proportion of chicken manure (CM%) in the substrate mixture, and the total solid content (TS) were optimized to improve the methane yield and the process stability. The increase of S/I to 2.38 resulted in higher methane productivity although higher volatile fatty acids concentrations were registered. The overall process efficiency was strongly affected by CM% increase resulting in propionic acid accumulation and lower methane production. The simultaneous increase of S/I and TS while keeping the CM % at 55% in the substrate mixture not only resulted in a delay in the methanogenesis establishment but also compromised the hydrolysis step. Regardless of the start-up conditions, LBRs were able to recover from acidification although potentially inhibiting ammonia concentrations were registered, showing the versatility of LBRs to treat substrates with high ammonia content.
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Amal Zayen, Sami Sayadi, Philippe Sousbie, Nicolas Bernet, Michel Torrijos, et al.. Chicken manure and wheat straw co-digestion in batch leach bed reactors: optimization of the start-up conditions. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery, Springer, In press, ⟨10.1007/s13399-021-01912-0⟩. ⟨hal-03353151⟩

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