Biogas upgrading and biochemical production from gas fermentation: impact of microbial community and gas composition

Basma Omar, Maie El-Gammal, Reda Abou-Shanab, Ioannis Fotidis, Irini Angelidaki, Yifeng Zhang*

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Abstract

The present study proposes a novel alternative method of the current biogas upgrading techniques by converting CO2 (in the biogas) into valuable chemicals (e.g., volatile fatty acids) using H2 as energy source and acetogenic mixed culture as biocatalyst. The influence of thermal treatment (90°C) on the inhibition of the methanogenic archaea and enriching the acetogenic bacteria in different inocula (mesophilic and thermophilic) was initially tested. The most efficient inoculum that achieved the highest performance through the fermentation process was further used to define the optimum H2/CO2 gas ratio that secures maximum production yield of chemicals and maximum biogas upgrading efficiency. In addition, 16S rRNA analysis of the microbial community was conducted at the end of the experimental period to target functional microbes. The maximum biogas content (77% (v/v)) and acetate yield (72%) were achieved for 2H2:1CO2 ratio (v/v), with Moorella sp. 4 as the most dominant thermophilic acetogenic bacterium.
Original languageEnglish
Article number121413
JournalBioresource Technology
Volume286
Number of pages9
ISSN0960-8524
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Biogas upgrading
  • Gas fermentation
  • Microbial community
  • Acetogens
  • Acetyl CoA pathway

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