This work investigated the thermophilic (55 °C) co-digestion performance both in batch and continuous mode operation. The biochemical methane potentials of L. digitata and cattle manure were 308 ± 24 and 203 ± 33 mL CH4/g VS, respectively. The optimum co-digestion feedstock ratio was found to be 80% macroalgae: 20% manure on a volatile solids basis, which produced 290 ± 19 mL CH4/g VS under long-term and stable continuous operation at an organic loading rate of 2 g VS/L/d and hydraulic retention time of 15 days. Simulations of the batch and continuous experiments were, for the first time, carried out using an integrated anaerobic bioconversion model without structural modifications. Close fits between measured and simulated data provided mutual confirmation of experimental reliability and model robustness, and provided new perspectives for the use of the software tool.
- Cattle manure
- Laminaria digitata