Real time measurement of gas production and composition were used to examine the benefits of two stage anaerobic digestion (AD) over a single stage AD, using pelletized grass as a feedstock. Controlled, parallel digestion experiments were performed in order to directly compare a two stage digestion system producing hydrogen and methane, with a single stage system producing just methane. The results indicated that as well as producing additional energy in the form of hydrogen, two stage digestion also resulted in significant increases to methane production, overall energy yields, and digester stability (as indicated by bicarbonate alkalinity and volatile fatty acid removal). Two stage AD resulted in an increase in energy yields from 10.36MJkg-1 VS to 11.74MJkg-1 VS, an increase of 13.4%. Using a two stage system also permitted a much shorter hydraulic retention time of 12days whilst maintaining process stability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-383
Number of pages5
JournalBioresource Technology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2015

    Research areas

  • Anaerobic, Digestion, Hydrogen, Methane, Two-stage

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