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Evaluation of Fermentative Hydrogen Production from Single and Mixed Fruit Wastes
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9504-0088
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business. (Resource Recovery)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4887-2433
2015 (English)In: Energies, ISSN 1996-1073, E-ISSN 1996-1073, Vol. 8, no 5, 4253-4272 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The economic viability of employing dark fermentative hydrogen from wholefruit wastes as a green alternative to fossil fuels is limited by low hydrogen yield due to theinhibitory effect of some metabolites in the fermentation medium. In exploring means ofincreasing hydrogen production from fruit wastes, including orange, apple, banana, grapeand melon, the present study assessed the hydrogen production potential of singly-fermentedfruits as compared to the fermentation of mixed fruits. The fruit feedstock was subjected tovarying hydraulic retention times (HRTs) in a continuous fermentation process at 55 °C for47 days. The weight distributions of the first, second and third fruit mixtures were 70%,50% and 20% orange share, respectively, while the residual weight was shared equally bythe other fruits. The results indicated that there was an improvement in cumulativehydrogen yield from all of the feedstock when the HRT was five days. Based on the resultsobtained, apple as a single fruit and a fruit mixture with 20% orange share have the mostimproved cumulative hydrogen yields of 504 (29.5% of theoretical yield) and 513 mL/gvolatile solid (VS) (30% of theoretical yield ), respectively, when compared to other fruits.

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MDPI AG , 2015. Vol. 8, no 5, 4253-4272 p.
Keyword [en]
whole fruit wastes; singly-digested fruits, mixing proportion, biohydrogen, retention time, significant effect
National Category
Industrial Biotechnology
Research subject
Resource Recovery
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-3736DOI: 10.3390/en8054253ISI: 000356879600048ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84930807156OAI: diva2:877289
Available from: 2015-12-06 Created: 2015-12-06 Last updated: 2015-12-18Bibliographically approved
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1. Fermentative hydrogen and methane productions using membrane bioreactors
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fermentative hydrogen and methane productions using membrane bioreactors
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The role of energy as a stimulant for economic growth and environmental sustainabilityof any nation has made the focus on green fuels, including fermentative hydrogen (bioH2) andmethane (bioCH4), to be a priority for the World’s policy makers. Nigeria, as the most populousAfrican country, with worsening energy crisis, can benefit from the introduction of the bioH2 andbioCH4 technologies into the country’s energy mix, since such technologies have the potential ofgenerating energy from organic wastes such as fruit waste.Fruit waste was studied in detail in this work because of its great economic andenvironmental potential, as large quantities of the wastes (10–65% of raw fruit) are generatedfrom fruit consumption and processing. Meanwhile, bioH2 and bioCH4 productions involvinganaerobic microorganisms in direct contact with organic wastes have been observed to result insubstrate and product inhibitions, which reduce the gas yields and limit the application of thetechnologies on an industrial scale. For example, in this study, the first experimental work todetermine the effects of hydraulic retention times and fruit mixing on bioH2 production fromsingle and mixed fruits revealed the highest cumulative bioH2 yield to be equivalent to 30% ofthe theoretical yield. However, combining the fermentation process with the application ofmembrane encapsulated cells and membrane separation techniques, respectively, could reducesubstrate and product inhibitions of the microorganisms. This study, therefore, focused on theapplication of membrane techniques to enhance the yields of bioH2 and bioCH4 productions fromthe organic wastes.The second experimental work which focused on reduction of substrate inhibition,involved the investigation of the effects of the PVDF membrane encapsulation techniques on thebioH2 and bioCH4 productions from nutrient media with limonene, myrcene, octanol and hexanalas fruit flavours. The results showed that membrane encapsulated cells produced bioCH4 fasterand lasted longer, compared to free cells in limonene. Also, about 60% membrane protectiveeffect against myrcene, octanol and hexanal inhibitions was obtained. Regarding bioH2production, membrane encapsulated cells, compared to free cells, produced higher average dailyyields of 94, 30 and 77% with hexanal, myrcene and octanol as flavours, respectively. The finalpart of the study, which was aimed at reducing product inhibition, involved the study of theeffects of membrane permeation of volatile fatty acids (VFAs) on the bioreactor hydrodynamicsin relation to bioH2 production. The investigation revealed that low transmembrane pressure of104Pa was required to achieve a 3L h-1m-2 critical flux with reversible fouling mainly due to cakelayer formation, and bioH2 production was also observed to restart after VFAs removal.The results from this study suggest that membrane-based techniques could improve bioH2and bioCH4 productions from fermentation media with substrate and product inhibitions.

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Borås: Högskolan i Borås, 2015. 72 p.
Skrifter från Högskolan i Borås, ISSN 0280-381X ; 72
Encapsulation, Inhibition, hydrodynamics, hydrogen, methane, fruit flavour, Membrane bioreactor
National Category
Environmental Biotechnology
Research subject
Resource Recovery
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-671 (URN)978-91-87525-73-5 (ISBN)978-91-87525-74-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-10-28, E310, Allegatan 1, Borås, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2015-09-21 Created: 2015-08-27 Last updated: 2015-12-18Bibliographically approved

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