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A novel strategy for efficient anaerobic co-digestion based on the pretreatment of corn stover with fresh vinegar residue

Wen, HongLiang, Wachemo, Akiber Chufo, Zhang, Liang, Zuo, XiaoYu, Yuan, HaiRong, Li, XiuJin
Bioresource technology 2019 v.288 pp. 121412
anaerobic digestion, biogas, corn stover, hydrolysis, lignocellulose, methane, synergism, vinegars
A novel method was advanced for efficient anaerobic co-digestion by using fresh vinegar residue (FVR) as acidifier for pretreating corn stover (CS). FVR acted as one substrate as well as an acidifier by the acids contained in FVR. It was found that the organic acids in FVR could efficiently enhance the hydrolysis of lignocellulose in CS. The biomethane production from co-digestion of FVR and CS pretreated reached 140.48 L/kg VS, which was 35.7% higher than that of unpretreated mixture substrates. The highest biomethane production was obtained when pretreatment was conducted at 150 °C. The increase of biomethane production was contributed to the improved hydrolysis of CS due to the acidic pretreatment. Pretreatment and co-digestion could improve the asynchronism and generate synergistic effect. The study provides one novel method for efficient biomethane conversion from FVR and CS.