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Evaluation of Methane from Sisal Leaf Residue and Palash Leaf Litter

  • S. ArisuthaEmail author
  • P. Baredar
  • D. M. Deshpande
  • S. SureshEmail author
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Abstract

The aim of this study is to evaluate methane production from sisal leaf residue and palash leaf litter mixed with different bulky materials such as vegetable market waste, hostel kitchen waste and digested biogas slurry in a laboratory scale anaerobic reactor. The mixture was prepared with 1:1 proportion. Maximum methane content of 320 ml/day was observed in the case of sisal leaf residue mixed with vegetable market waste as the feed. Methane content was minimum (47 ml/day), when palash leaf litter was used as feed. This was due to the increased content of lignin and polyphenol in the feedstock which were of complex structure and did not get degraded directly by microorganisms. Sisal leaf residue mixtures also showed highest content of volatile fatty acids (VFAs) as compared to palash leaf litter mixtures. It was observed that VFA concentration in the digester first increased, reached maximum (when pH was minimum) and then decreased.

Keywords

Sisal waste Leaf litter Anaerobic digester Biogas slurry Acetogenesis 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors wish to thank MHRD and MANIT Bhopal, India to carry out experimental work and others.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnergyMaulana Azad National Institute of TechnologyBhopalIndia
  2. 2.Department of Electrical EngineeringMaulana Azad National Institute of TechnologyBhopalIndia
  3. 3.Department of Chemical EngineeringMaulana Azad National Institute of TechnologyBhopalIndia

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