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Anaerobic digestion of tobacco stalk: biomethane production performance and kinetic analysis

  • Lyu Li
  • Ruolin Wang
  • Zhenlai Jiang
  • Wanwu Li
  • Guangqing Liu
  • Chang ChenEmail author
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Abstract

Tobacco stalk, a common agricultural waste derived from the harvest of tobacco, caused serious environmental pollution in China. In this study, the performance of biomethane production and characteristics of four varieties of tobacco stalk were investigated for the first time. The results showed that the highest cumulative methane yield of 130.2 mL/g-VS was obtained from Nicotiana tabacum L., Yunyan114, which had lower lignin content than other varieties of tobacco stalk. Moreover, different kinetic models were used to describe the biomethane production process, and it was found that the modified Gompertz model was more suitable to simulate the anaerobic digestion (AD) of tobacco stalk. The findings of this study not only showed a feasible method for minimizing the pollution issues of tobacco stalk waste but also gave fundamental information for future AD application.

Keywords

Tobacco stalk Anaerobic digestion Methane production Organic loading Kinetic analysis 

Abbreviation

AD

Anaerobic digestion

BD

Biodegradability

C/N

Carbon to nitrogen ratio

CMY

Cumulative methane yield

EMY

Experimental methane yield

F/I

Feedstock to inoculum radio

OL

Organic loading

TA

Total alkalinity

TAN

Total ammonia nitrogen

TS

Total solid

TMY

Theoretical methane yield

VFAs

Volatile fatty acids

VS

Volatile solid

B

Simulated cumulative methane yield (mL/g-VS)

B0

Simulated maximum cumulative methane yield (mL/g-VS)

C

Molar gas volume under standard temperature and pressure (22.4 L/mol)

R

Ideal gas constant (8.314 J/K/mol)

T

Absolute temperature (K)

Vbiogas

Biogas volume (L)

Vhead

Headspace volume (L)

e

2.718

k

Hydrolysis rate constant (day−1)

n

Dimensionless shape factor

t

Digestion time (day)

∆P

Absolute pressure difference (kPa)

λ

Lag phase time (day)

μm

Maximum methane production rate (mL/g-VS/day)

Notes

Acknowledgements

Students would like to thank the support given by Talent Training and Teaching Reform Project from Beijing Municipal Education Commission, “One Belt, One Road” National Talent Training Project of Beijing, China, Teaching Reform Program for “New Engineering” Research and Practice (xgk2017040117), and Foreign Cooperation Education Teaching Reform Project, Beijing University of Chemical Technology.

Funding

This research was funded by the National Key Research and Development Program of China (2017YFD0800801).

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lyu Li
    • 1
  • Ruolin Wang
    • 2
  • Zhenlai Jiang
    • 2
  • Wanwu Li
    • 1
  • Guangqing Liu
    • 1
  • Chang Chen
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.College of Chemical EngineeringBeijing University of Chemical TechnologyBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of International EducationBeijing University of Chemical TechnologyBeijingChina

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