The exotic species Spartina anglica spread in coastal beaches of China was first used as a potential biomass resource to co-produce hydrogen and methane through dark fermentation. S. anglica was subjected to four pretreatments, including alkali-assisted microwave heating (MH), alkali-assisted steam heating (SH), acid-assisted MH, and acid-assisted SH. Scanning electron micrographs revealed that acid-assisted SH disrupted S. anglica more thoroughly, resulting in the generation of smaller fragments and debris (5–30 μm). The acid-assisted SH pretreated S. anglica biomass with enzymolysis exhibited the highest reducing sugar yield of 0.743 g/g-volatile solids (VS), corresponding to a saccharification efficiency of 98.96%. The fermentative hydrogen yield from pretreated S. anglica was 135.9 mL/g-VS and the acetate and butyrate comprised 92.5% of the soluble metabolic products. Subsequent methane yield from the hydrogenogenic effluent reached up to 268.5 mL/g-VS. The energy conversion efficiency of S. anglica dramatically increased from 9.9% in fermentative hydrogen production to 74.9% in fermentative hydrogen and methane co-production.
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This study was supported by the National Key Technology R&D Program-China ( 2015BAD21B01 ), National Natural Science Foundation-China ( 51476141 ), and Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation-China ( LR14E060002 ).
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- Acid-assisted steam heating
- Spartina anglica