Maximising biohydrogen yields via continuous electrochemical hydrogen removal and carbon dioxide scrubbing

Jaime Massanet-Nicolau, Alan Guwy, Richard Dinsdale, Giuliano Premier, Martijn J J Mulder, Rhys Jon Jones

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Abstract

The use of electrochemical hydrogen removal (EHR) together with carbon dioxide removal (CDR) was demonstrated for the first time using a continuous hydrogen producing fermenter. CDR alone was found to increase hydrogen yields from 0.07molH2molhexose to 0.72molH2molhexose. When CDR was combined with EHR, hydrogen yields increased further to 1.79molH2molhexose. The pattern of carbohydrate utilisation and volatile fatty acid (VFA) production are consistent with the hypothesis that increased yields are the result of relieving end product inhibition and inhibition of microbial hydrogen consumption. In situ removal of hydrogen and carbon dioxide as demonstrated here not only increase hydrogen yield but also produces a relatively pure product gas and unlike other approaches can be used to enhance conventional, mesophilic, CSTR type fermentation of low grade/high solids biomass.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)512-7
Number of pages6
JournalBioresource Technology
Volume218
Issue numberOctober 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2016

Keywords

  • Hydrogen
  • Separation
  • Purification
  • Anaerobic
  • Digestion

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