Waste and Biomass Valorization

, Volume 10, Issue 11, pp 3251–3262 | Cite as

Effects of Laser Irradiation and Ni Nanoparticles on Biogas Production from Anaerobic Digestion of Slurry

  • E. M. AbdelsalamEmail author
  • M. SamerEmail author
  • Y. A. Attia
  • M. A. Abdel-Hadi
  • H. E. Hassan
  • Y. Badr
Original Paper


This study investigated the simultaneous effects of nanoparticles (NPs) addition to rumen fluid (archaea source) and laser irradiation of the mixture on biogas production from anaerobic digestion of dairy manure. Where, the previous study reported that the addition of 2 mg L−1 nickel nanoparticles (Ni NPs) significantly (p < 0.05) increased the biogas and methane volumes by 1.74 and 2.01 times compared to the control, respectively. The results indicated that the most efficient irradiation time was 2 h laser with the addition of 2 mg L−1 Ni NPs (p < 0.05), which minimized the lag phase from 4 days to 1 day and the Hydraulic Retention Time (HRT) to attain the peak of biogas production in comparison to the control from 28 days to 16 days. The combination of laser irradiation and nanoparticles addition yielded the highest significant value of the specific biogas and methane production, compared to all treatments (incandescent light, control), which were 679.5 mL biogas g−1 VS and 453.3 mL CH4 g−1 VS. Furthermore, Laser photocatalysis of Ni NPs enhances the photo-reduction/photo-oxidation of CH4 formation pathways. Consequently, this treatment increased the biogas and methane volumes by 1.9 and 2.32 times the biogas and methane volumes resulted from the control, respectively.


Biogas Laser radiation Anaerobic digestion Nanoparticles Methane production Manure 



This study was conducted at the National Institute of Laser Enhanced Sciences (NILES), and funded by Cairo University, Egypt. Therefore, we acknowledge NILES and Cairo University. Sincere gratitude to Dr. Ibrahim Yacoub, Assistant Professor of Agronomy at the Faculty of Agriculture (Cairo University) for his hard work in performing the statistical analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute of Laser Enhanced Sciences (NILES)Cairo UniversityGizaEgypt
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of AgricultureCairo UniversityGizaEgypt
  3. 3.Department of Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of AgricultureSuez-Canal UniversityIsmailiaEgypt

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