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Enhanced enzymatic hydrolysis and methane production from rubber wood waste using steam explosion
- Eom, Tokla, Chaiprapat, Sumate, Charnnok, Boonya
- Journal of environmental management 2019 v.235 pp. 231-239
- anaerobic digestion, cellulose, energy, enzymatic hydrolysis, enzymes, fuel production, hemicellulose, methane, methane production, particle size, rubber, steam, sugars
- Rubber wood waste (RW) requires due to its recalcitrance a pretreatment step before efficient biochemical conversion is possible. Non chemical steam explosion pretreatment was adopted to enhance enzymatic hydrolysis and anaerobic digestion with severity from 2.70 to 4.35. RW treated at severity 4.35 (214 °C for 10 min) gave the highest 83.9 L CH4/kgVS effectiveness in anaerobic digestibility together with 45.2% hydrolysability in terms of glucan conversion. The intense pretreatment decreased particle size and degraded most of the hemicellulose, resulting in increased specific surface and better access for enzymes to cellulose. Additionally, the energy yield of steam exploded RW was enhanced by combined enzymatic hydrolysis with anaerobic digestion, in comparison to enzymatic hydrolysis or anaerobic digestion alone. This allowed for an efficient steam explosion pretreatment with co-production of sugar and methane. This study provides a technical approach for efficient biofuel production from RW after steam explosion pretreatment. Valorization of lignin-rich residue generated from the integrated process may increase value of RW, but assessing this requires further study.