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MacArtain P.,Dundalk Institute of Technology | McKennedy J.,Dundalk Institute of Technology | Zaffaroni L.,ReGen Waste | Jordan S.N.,Dundalk Institute of Technology
International Journal of Ambient Energy | Year: 2013

The biogas potential of marine macroalga Ascophyllum nodosum was compared with the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) and white rice to determine the applicability of the feedstock for anaerobic digestion. For OFMSW three dry matter contents were compared, 3%, 10% and 25%, to determine the effect of dry matter on methane yield. Biogas was evolved in each system, but the rate of evolution of biogas changed with moisture content. The highest total methane yield was obtained from 3% OFMSW but A. nodosum yielded more methane at 176±37.62 L/kg VS than white rice and the drier anaerobic digestion of OFMSW. The substrates were digested using wastewater treatment plant inoculum to determine gas yield and gas quality under batch mesophilic digestion conditions. © 2013 © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

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