Peer-Reviewed Journal Details
Mandatory Fields
Tabassum, M.R., Xia, A., Murphy, J.D.
Energy Conversion and Management
Biomethane production from various segments of brown seaweed
In Press
Optional Fields
Anaerobic digestionBiomethaneAlgaeBrown seaweedMorphological impact
Brown seaweed may be an option as a feedstock for gaseous biofuel production. This paper proposed a detailed study on the impacts of various segments of seaweed thalli on the biomethane production. Ascophyllum nodosum, Laminaria digitata, Laminaria hyperborea, Saccharina latissima and Saccorhiza polyschides have shown significant variation in proximate, ultimate and biochemical composition in various segments of their thalli. The highest biomethane potential of 286 L CH4 kg VS−1 was recorded from the stipe of L. digitata, whereas the lowest value of 118 L CH4 kg VS−1 was obtained from the holdfast of L. hyperborean. Due to the accumulated salt in the holdfast, the biomethane performance was reduced compared with the frond and stipe. The specific yield per fresh weight of seaweed was measured in the range of 10 to 32 m3 CH4 t−1wwt. Considering the dominant role of fresh thallus, the frond was the most significant part for seaweed biogas production.
Grant Details
Science Foundation Ireland