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Show K.-Y.,University Tunku Abdul Rahman | Zhang Z.-P.,Beijing Enterprises Water Group Ltd | Tay J.-H.,Nanyang Technological University | Liang D.T.,Nanyang Technological University | And 3 more authors.
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy | Year: 2010

Production of biohydrogen using dark fermentation has received much attention owing to the fact that hydrogen can be generated from renewable organics including waste materials. The key to successful application of anaerobic fermentation is to uncouple the liquid retention time and the biomass retention time in the reactor system. Various reactor designs based on biomass retention within the reactor system have been developed. This paper presents our research work on bioreactor designs and operation for biohydrogen production. Comparisons between immobilized-cell systems and suspended-cell systems based on biomass growth in the forms of granule, biofilm and flocs were made. Reactor configurations including column- and tank-based reactors were also assessed. Experimental results indicated that formation of granules or biofilms substantially enhanced biomass retention which was found to be proportional to the hydrogen production rate. Rapid hydrogen-producing culture growth and high organic loading rate might limit the application of biofilm biohydrogen production, since excessive growth of fermentative biomass would result in washout of support carrier. It follows that column-based granular sludge process is a preferred choice of process for continuous biohydrogen production from organic wastewater, indicating maximum hydrogen yield of 1.7 mol-H 2/mol-glucose and hydrogen production rate of 6.8 L-H 2/L-reactor h. © 2010 Professor T. Nejat Veziroglu. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source


Lin J.,Tsinghua University | Lin J.,Beijing Enterprises Water Group Ltd | Zuo J.,Tsinghua University | Chen X.,Tsinghua University | And 2 more authors.
Tongji Daxue Xuebao/Journal of Tongji University | Year: 2012

An intelligent algorithm rule-based on expert library for high-solid anaerobic digestion process was developed and applied in a pilot-scale continuous stirred-tank reactor (CSTR) treating fruit and vegetable waste and food waste. The intelligent control system includes a quick-start model, an efficient and stable operation model and a potential model. The CSTR was automatically controlled by the intelligent control system over 260 d. The pH value was stable at 7.8. The volatile solid organic loading rate and biogas production rate were 2.25 kg·(m3·d)-1and 1.8 m3·(m3·d)-1(standard condition), respectively. Source


Adav S.S.,National Taiwan University | Lin J.C.-T.,National Taiwan University | Yang Z.,Tsinghua University | Whiteley C.G.,Microbiology | And 3 more authors.
Biotechnology Advances | Year: 2010

This review addresses the introduction of fluorescent molecular tags into exo-enzymes and extra polymeric substances of bioaggregates and the use of confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) to map their role, purpose and quantitative description of the biological processes they undertake. Multiple color staining coupled with CLSM and fluorescent in situ hybridisation (FISH) and flow cytometry have identified the individual polymeric substances, whether they are proteins, lipids, polysaccharides, nucleic acids or antibodies, as well as the microorganisms in the bioaggregate. Procedures are presented for simultaneous multicolor staining with seven different fluorochromes - SYTOX Blue for nucleic acids; Nile red for lipids; Calcofluor white [CW] for β-polysaccharides; concanavalin A [Con A] for α-poly-saccharides; fluorescein-isothiocyanate [FITC] for proteins; SYTO 63 for live microbial cells and Calcium Green for monitoring calcium levels in the microbial cells. For the distribution of certain microbial strains, metabolic enzymes and extrapolymeric substances to be quantitatively described the generated colored images are converted into digital forms under specific predefined criteria. Procedures and computer software programs (Amira; MATLAB) are presented in order to quantitatively establish grid patterns from the CLSM images. The image is digitized using a threshholding algorithm followed by a reconstruction of the image as a volumetric grid for finite element simulation. The original color image is first converted to a grey followed by resizing, detection and modification of bilevel images and finally a total reversal of the image colors. The grid file is then used by specific computer software (Gambit, Fluent) for further numerical studies incorporating chemical reactions, transport processes and computational fluid dynamics including intra-bioaggregate fluid flow, and heat and mass transfer within the bioaggregate matrix. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source


Guo W.-Q.,Harbin Institute of Technology | Meng Z.-H.,Harbin Institute of Technology | Meng Z.-H.,China North Municipal Engineering Design Institute | Ren N.-Q.,Harbin Institute of Technology | And 2 more authors.
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy | Year: 2011

The optimization of process conditions for the production of hydrogen by Ethanoligenens harbinense W1 was investigated using response surface methodology (RSM). Three parameters namely inoculum to substrate ratio, initial pH value and temperature were chosen as variables. The adequately high R2 value (99.4%) indicated the statistical significance of the model. The optimum process conditions for hydrogen production rate were determined by analyzing the response surface three-dimension surface plot and contour plot and by solving the regression model equation with Design Expert software. The central composite design (CCD) was used to optimize the process conditions, which showed that an inoculum to substrate ratio of 14%, initial pH value of 4.32 and the experimental temperature of 34.97 °C were the best conditions. Under the optimized conditions, the maximum specific hydrogen production rate (SHPR) was 35.74 mL/g-CDW.h based on cell dry weight. The results were further verified by triplicate experiments. The batch reactors were operated under an optimized condition of the inoculum to substrate ratio of 14%, initial pH value of 4.3 and the experimental temperature of 35 °C. The maximum SHPR was estimated at 35.57 mL/g-CDW.h, which further verified the practicability of this optimum strategy. © 2011, Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights. Source


Xue X.,Beijing Enterprises Water Group Ltd | Liu Y.,Jianghan University | Shao Y.,Beijing Enterprises Water Group Ltd | Deng N.,Wuhan University
Advanced Materials Research | Year: 2011

This study investigated the decolorization of Rhodamine B by the UV/Fe(III)-Oxalate and UV/Fe(III)-Penicillamine process under neutral pH. Fe(III)-Penicillamine complexes showed much higher photoactivity than that of Fe(III)-Oxalate complexes. The efficiency for decolorization of Rhodamine B at pH 5.0 was 59% and 88% in Fe(III)-Oxalate and Fe(III)-Penicillamine complexes aqueous solution after 60 min irradiation, respectively, whereas, 35% and 57% was achieved at pH 7.0. Compared to the Fe(III)/Oxalate system, the kinetic constants k app (min -1) for Rhodamine B decolorization in Fe(III)/Penicillamine system increased 2.4 and 2.0 times at pH 5.0 and 7.0, respectively. According to the obtained results, it was quite reasonable to conclude that penicillamine should play a similar role in Fe(III)-Penicillamine aqueous solution as oxalate did in Fe(III)-Oxalate solution. The results obtained indicated that the UV/Fe(III)-Penicillamine process was probably an alternative method to treat dye pollutant at neutral pH condition. © (2011) Trans Tech Publications. Source

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