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Effect of hydrothermal pretreatment severity on the pretreatment characteristics and anaerobic digestion performance of corn stover
- Song, Xiaocong, Wachemo, Akiber Chufo, Zhang, Liang, Bai, Tianqing, Li, Xiujin, Zuo, Xiaoyu, Yuan, Hairong
- Bioresource technology 2019 v.289 pp. 121646
- ammonia, anaerobic digestion, biogas, corn stover, gas production (biological), hemicellulose, lignin, methane, temperature, volatile fatty acids
- The pretreatment characteristics and anaerobic digestion (AD) performance of corn stover were investigated at different hydrothermal pretreatment (HP) severity levels. The pretreatment of corn stover with and without ammonia was performed at different temperatures (100, 150, and 200 °C) and with a holding time of 5–30 mins. Results showed that after HP, the highest volatile fatty acid (VFAs) concentration was 10533.94 mg/L at a HP severity of 7.27, which was 1.72–3.35 times greater than those of others HP severity levels. Similarly, the highest removal rates of hemicellulose and lignin were 95.41% and 13.85% for HP severity levels of 6.81 and 1.98, respectively. The maximum biogas and methane increasing yield at 100 °C holding 30 min without ammonia were 16.26% and 22.74% greater than that of the untreated, respectively. These results suggest that an appropriate HP intensity can promote biogas production.