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  • 1.
    Aslanzadeh, S.
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Rajendran, K.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Taherzadeh, M.J.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    A comparative study between single- and two-stage anaerobic digestion processes: Effects of organic loading rate and hydraulic retention time2014In: International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, ISSN 0964-8305, E-ISSN 1879-0208, Vol. 95, p. 181-188Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The effect of an organic loading rate (OLR) and a hydraulic retention time (HRT) was evaluated by comparing the single-stage and two-stage anaerobic digestion processes. Wastes from the food processing industry (FPW) and the organic fraction of the municipal solid waste (OFMSW) were used as substrates. The OLR was increased at each step from 2 gVS/l/d to 14 gVS/l/d, and the HRT was decreased from 10 days to 3 days. The highest theoretical methane yield achieved in the single-stage process was about 84% for the FPW during an OLR of 3 gVS/l/d at a HRT of 7 days and 67% for the OFMSW at an OLR of 2 gVS/l/d and a HRT of 10 days. The single-stage process could not handle a further increase in the OLR and a decrease in the HRT; thus, the process was stopped. A more stable operation was observed at higher OLRs and lower HRTs in the two-stage system. The OLR could be increased to 8 gVS/l/d for the FPW and to 12 gVS/l/d for the OFMSW, operating at a HRT of 3 days. The results show a conclusion of 26% and 65% less reactor volume for the two-stage process compared to the single-stage process for the FPW and the OFMSW, respectively.

  • 2.
    Aslanzadeh, Solmaz
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Pretreatment of cellulosic waste and high rate biogas production2014Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The application of anaerobic digestion technology is growing worldwide, mainly because of its environmental benefits. Nevertheless, anaerobic degradation is a rather slow and sensitive process. One of the reasons is the recalcitrance nature of certain fractions of the substrate (e.g., lignocelluloses) used for microbial degradation; thus, the hydrolysis becomes the rate-limiting step. The other reason is that the degradation of organic matter is based on a highly dynamic, multi-step process of physicochemical and biochemical reactions. The reactions take place in a sequential and parallel way under symbiotic interrelation of a variety of anaerobic microorganisms, which all together make the process sensitive. The first stage of the decomposition of the organic matter is performed by fast growing (hydrolytic and acid forming) microorganisms, while in the second stage the organic acids produced are metabolized by the slow growing methanogens, which are more sensitive than the acidogens; thus, methanogenesis becomes the rate-limiting step. The first part of this work evaluates the effects of a pretreatment using an organic solvent, N-methylmorpholine-N-oxide (NMMO), on cellulose-based materials in order to overcome the challenge of biomass recalcitrance and to increase the rate of the hydrolysis. NMMO-pretreatment of straw separated from the cattle and horse manure resulted in increased methane yields, by 53% and 51%, respectively, in batch digestion tests. The same kind of pretreatment of the forest residues led to an increase by 141% in the methane production during the following batch digestion assays. The second part of this work evaluates the efficacy of a two-stage process to overcome the second challenge with methanogenesis as the rate-limiting step, by using CSTR (continuous stirred tank reactors) and UASB (up flow anaerobic sludge blanket) on a wide variety of different waste fractions in order to decrease the time needed for the digestion process. In the two-stage semi-continuous process, the NMMO-pretreatment of jeans increased the biogas yield due to a more efficient hydrolysis compared to that of the untreated jeans. The results indicated that a higher organic loading rate (OLR) and a lower retention time could be achieved if the material was easily degradable. Comparing the two-stage and the single-stage process, treating the municipal solid waste (MSW) and waste from several food processing industries (FPW), showed that the OLR could be increased from 2 gVS/l/d to 10 gVS/l /d, and at the same time the HRT could be decreased from 10 to 3 days, which is a significant improvement that could be beneficial from an industrial point of view. The conventional single stage, on the other hand, could only handle an OLR of 3 gVS/l/d and HRT of 7 days.

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  • 3.
    Aslanzadeh, Solmaz
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Berg, Andreas
    Taherzadeh, Mohammad J.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Sárvári Horváth, Ilona
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Biogas Production from N-Methylmorpholine-N-oxide (NMMO) Pretreated Forest Residues2014In: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, ISSN 0273-2289, E-ISSN 1559-0291, Vol. 172, no 6, p. 2998-3008Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Lignocellulosic biomass represents a great potential for biogas production. However, a suitable pretreatment is needed to improve their digestibility. This study investigates the effects of an organic solvent, N-Methylmorpholine-N-oxide (NMMO) at temperatures of 120 and 90 °C, NMMO concentrations of 75 and 85 % and treatment times of 3 and 15 h on the methane yield. The long-term effects of the treatment were determined by a semicontinuous experiment. The best results were obtained using 75 % NMMO at 120 °C for 15 h, resulting in 141 % increase in the methane production. These conditions led to a decrease by 9 % and an increase by 8 % in the lignin and in the carbohydrate content, respectively. During the continuous digestion experiments, a specific biogas production rate of 92 NmL/gVS/day was achieved while the corresponding rate from the untreated sample was 53 NmL/gVS/day. The operation conditions were set at 4.4 gVS/L/day organic loading rate (OLR) and hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 20 days in both cases. NMMO pretreatment has substantially improved the digestibility of forest residues. The present study shows the possibilities of this pretreatment method; however, an economic and technical assessment of its industrial use needs to be performed in the future.

  • 4. Aslanzadeh, Solmaz
    et al.
    Ishola, Mofoluwake M.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Richards, Tobias
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Taherzadeh, Mohammad J
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    An Overview of Existing Individual Unit Operations2014In: Biorefineries: Integrated Biochemical Processes for Liquid Biofuels, Elsevier Inc. , 2014Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Because of its extreme toxicity for microorganisms, the limonene content of citrus wastes (CWs) has been a major obstacle to the conversion of CWs to biofuels. The main objective of this study was to develop a new process for the utilization of CWs that can be economically feasible when the supply of CW is low.

    RESULTS: Steam explosion pre-treatment was applied to improve the anaerobic digestibility of CWs, resulting in a decrease of initial limonene concentration by 94.3%. A methane potential of 0.537 ± 0.001 m 3 kg -1 VS (volatile solids) was obtained during the following batch digestion of treated CWs, corresponding to an increase of 426% compared with that of the untreated samples. Long-term effects of the treatment were further investigated by a semi-continuous co-digestion process. A methane production of 0.555 ± 0.0159 m 3 CH 4 kg -1 VS day -1 was achieved when treated CWs (corresponding to 30% of the VS load) were co-digested with municipal solid waste.

    CONCLUSION: The process developed can easily be applied to an existing biogas plant. The equipment cost for this process is estimated to be one million USD when utilizing 10 000 tons CWs year -1. 8.4 L limonene and 107.4 m 3 methane can be produced per ton of fresh citrus wastes in this manner. 

  • 5.
    Aslanzadeh, Solmaz
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Rajendran, Karthik
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Jeihanipour, Azam
    Taherzadeh, Mohammad J.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    The Effect of Effluent Recirculation in a Semi-Continuous Two-Stage Anaerobic Digestion System2013In: Energies, ISSN 1996-1073, E-ISSN 1996-1073, Vol. 6, no 6, p. 2966-2981Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The effect of recirculation in increasing organic loading rate (OLR) and decreasing hydraulic retention time (HRT) in a semi-continuous two-stage anaerobic digestion system using stirred tank reactor (CSTR) and an upflow anaerobic sludge bed (UASB) was evaluated. Two-parallel processes were in operation for 100 days, one with recirculation (closed system) and the other without recirculation (open system). For this purpose, two structurally different carbohydrate-based substrates were used; starch and cotton. The digestion of starch and cotton in the closed system resulted in production of 91% and 80% of the theoretical methane yield during the first 60 days. In contrast, in the open system the methane yield was decreased to 82% and 56% of the theoretical value, for starch and cotton, respectively. The OLR could successfully be increased to 4 gVS/L/day for cotton and 10 gVS/L/day for starch. It is concluded that the recirculation supports the microorganisms for effective hydrolysis of polyhydrocarbons in CSTR and to preserve the nutrients in the system at higher OLRs, thereby improving the overall performance and stability of the process.

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  • 6.
    Aslanzadeh, Solmaz
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Rajendran, Karthik
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Jeihanipour, Azam
    Taherzadeh, Mohammad J.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Waste textile processing into biogas using two-stage reactors2013Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Aslanzadeh, Solmaz
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Rajendran, Karthik
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Taherzadeh, Mohammad J.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    A comparative study between conventional and two stage anaerobic process: Effect of organic loading rate and hydraulic retention time2013In: / [ed] Shu Li, Jegatheesan Veeriah, Keir Greg, Kier Merrin, Chang Chia-Yuan, CESE 2013 , 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 8.
    Aslanzadeh, Solmaz
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Rajendran, Karthik
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Taherzadeh, Mohammad J.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Pretreatment of Lignocelluloses for Biogas and Ethanol Processes2014In: Advances in Industrial Biotechnology / [ed] Ram Sarup Singh, Ashok Pandey, Christian Larroche, Asiatech Publishers Inc , 2014, p. 125-150Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 9.
    Aslanzadeh, Solmaz
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Rajendran, Karthik
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Taherzadeh, Mohammad J.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Pretreatment of lignocelluloses for biogas and ethanol processes2013In: Advances in Industrial Biotechnology / [ed] Ram Sarup Singh, Ashok Pandey, Christian Larroche, I. K. International Publishing House , 2013, p. 125-150Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Aslanzadeh, Solmaz
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Taherzadeh, Mohammad J
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Sárvári Horváth, Ilona
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Pretreatment of straw fraction of manure for improved biogas production2011In: BioResources, ISSN 1930-2126, E-ISSN 1930-2126, Vol. 6, no 4, p. 5193-5205Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Pretreatment of straw separated from cattle and horse manure using N-methylmorpholine oxide (NMMO) was investigated. The pretreatment conditions were for 5 h and 15 h at 120 °C, and the effects were evaluated by batch digestion assays. Untreated cattle and horse manure, both mixed with straw, resulted in 0.250 and 0.279 Nm3 CH4/kgVS (volatile solids), respectively. Pretreatment with NMMO improved both the methane yield and the degradation rate of these substrates, and the effects were further amplified with more pretreatment time. Pretreatment for 15 h resulted in an increase of methane yield by 53% and 51% for cattle and horse manure, respectively. The specific rate constant, k0, was increased from 0.041 to 0.072 (d-1) for the cattle and from 0.071 to 0.086 (d-1) for the horse manure. Analysis of the pretreated straw shows that the structural lignin content decreased by approximately 10% for both samples and the carbohydrate content increased by 13% for the straw separated from the cattle and by 9% for that separated from the horse manure. The crystallinity of straw samples analyzed by FTIR show a decrease with increased time of NMMO pretreatment.

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  • 11.
    Aslanzadeh, Solmaz
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Taherzadeh, Mohammad J.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Sárvári Horváth, Ilona
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Pretreatment of straw fraction of manure for improved biogas production2011In: BioResources, ISSN 1930-2126, E-ISSN 1930-2126, Vol. 6, no 4, p. 5193-5205Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 12. Jeihanipour, A
    et al.
    Aslanzadeh, S
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Rajendran, K
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Balasubramanian, G
    Taherzadeh, M. J
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    High-rate biogas production from waste textiles using a two-stage process2013In: Renewable energy, ISSN 0960-1481, E-ISSN 1879-0682, Vol. 52, p. 128-135Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The efficacy of a two-stage Continuously Stirred Tank Reactor (CSTR), modified as Stirred Batch Reactor (SBR), and Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket Bed (UASB) process in producing biogas from waste textiles was investigated under batch and semi-continuous conditions. Single-stage and two-stage digestions were compared in batch reactors, where 20 g/L cellulose loading, as either viscose/polyester or cotton/polyester textiles, was used. The results disclosed that the total gas production from viscose/polyester in a two-stage process was comparable to the production in a single-stage SBR, and in less than two weeks, more than 80% of the theoretical yield of methane was acquired. However, for cotton/polyester, the two-stage batch process was significantly superior to the single-stage; the maximum rate of methane production was increased to 80%, and the lag phase decreased from 15 days to 4 days. In the two-stage semi-continuous process, where the substrate consisted of jeans textiles, the effect of N-methylmorpholine-N-oxide (NMMO) pretreatment was studied. In this experiment, digestion of untreated and NMMO-treated jeans textiles resulted in 200 and 400 ml (respectively) methane/g volatile solids/day (ml/g VS/day), with an organic loading rate (OLR) of 2 g VS/L reactor volume/day (g VS/L/day); under these conditions, the NMMO pretreatment doubled the biogas yield, a significant improvement. The OLR could successfully be increased to 2.7 g VS/L/day, but at a loading rate of 4 g VS/L/day, the rate of methane production declined. By arranging a serial interconnection of the two reactors and their liquids in the two-stage process, a closed system was obtained that converted waste textiles into biogas.

  • 13.
    Kabir, Maryam M.
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Aslanzadeh, Solmaz
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Teghammar, Anna
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    del Pilar Castillo, Maria
    Taherzadeh, Mohammad J.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Sárvári Horváth, Ilona
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Biogas production from lignocelluloses by N-methylmorpholine-N-oxide (NMMO) pretreatment: Achievements and Challenges2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Rajendran, Karthik
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Aslanzadeh, Solmaz
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Johansson, Fredrik
    Taherzadeh, Mohammad J.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Experimental and economical evaluation of a novel biogas digester2013In: Energy Conversion and Management, ISSN 0196-8904, E-ISSN 1879-2227, Vol. 74, p. 183-191Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Many developing countries face an energy demand to satisfy the daily needs of the people. Household biogas digesters are among the interesting solutions to meet the energy demands for cooking and lighting, and at the same time taking care of the kitchen wastes. In this study, a novel textile-based biogas digester was developed. The digester was evaluated for biogas production from a synthetic nutrient and an organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) as substrates for more than a year. The obtained biogas productivity in both experiments was 570 L/kgVS/day, which indicates that the digester is as efficient in handling of OFMSW as the synthetic nutrients. Based on the obtained biogas production data, the techno-economic evaluation and sensitivity analysis for the process were performed, replacing LPG and kerosene consumption with biogas in households. A 2-m3 digester can supply the fuel needed for cooking for a family of 4–6 people. The sum of investment and 15-years operational costs of this digester was 656 USD, which can be compared with 1455 USD for subsidized-LPG and 975 USD for kerosene, respectively. The results from the sensitivity analysis show that it was a positive investment, unless the price of kerosene goes down to less than 0.18 USD/L.

  • 15.
    Rajendran, Karthik
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Aslanzadeh, Solmaz
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Taherzadeh, Mohammad J.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Household biogas digesters: a review2012In: Energies, ISSN 1996-1073, E-ISSN 1996-1073, Vol. 5, no 8, p. 2911-2942Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This review is a summary of different aspects of the design and operation of small-scale, household, biogas digesters. It covers different digester designs and materials used for construction, important operating parameters such as pH, temperature, substrate, and loading rate, applications of the biogas, the government policies concerning the use of household digesters, and the social and environmental effects of the digesters. Biogas is a value-added product of anaerobic digestion of organic compounds. Biogas production depends on different factors including: pH, temperature, substrate, loading rate, hydraulic retention time (HRT), C/N ratio, and mixing. Household digesters are cheap, easy to handle, and reduce the amount of organic household waste. The size of these digesters varies between 1 and 150 m3. The common designs include fixed dome, floating drum, and plug flow type. Biogas and fertilizer obtained at the end of anaerobic digestion could be used for cooking, lighting, and electricity.

  • 16.
    Rajendran, Karthik
    et al.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Jeihanipour, Azam
    Aslanzadeh, Solmaz
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Balasubramanian, Gopinath
    Taherzadeh, Mohammad J.
    University of Borås, School of Engineering.
    Could it be Possible to Convert Waste-Textiles to Biogas? Yes!2012Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    A two-stage process was developed by serial inter-connection between CSTR (Continuously Stirred Tank Reactor) and UASB (Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Bed) to produce high-rate biogas from waste textiles. Most of the textiles contain cellulose, which could be a potential substrate for biogas production. Blue jeans textile (pretreated and untreated) was used as waste textile in this process to investigate biogas production under semi-continuous conditions. Jeans was pretreated using 85% NMMO (N-Methyl-Morpholine-Oxide), an environmental friendly solvent at 120 °C for 3 h. OLR (Organic Loading Rate) was increased in the order of 2, 2.7, and 4 gVS/L/day respectively. Pretreatment had a significant effect on the biogas production. NMMO pretreatment doubled the biogas yield, during an OLR of 2 g VS/L/day compared to untreated jeans. The OLR could successfully be increased to 2.7 g VS/L/day resulted in 91% and 96% theoretical yield for untreated jeans and pretreated jeans respectively. However, further increase in OLR did not increase the methane production. For the complete process, COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand) efficiency was high for untreated jeans with 65.1% followed by treated jeans with 39.5% in the UASB. CSTR possessed the major share of biogas production for both textiles. Considering the fact that, textile is one of the largest consumer products, a proper way of disposal or treatment is necessary. By biogas production, waste textile could also be treated and a value-added product was obtained.

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