Intermittent-vacuum assisted thermophilic co-digestion of corn stover and liquid swine manure: Salinity inhibition

Renchuan Zhang, Erik Anderson, Paul Chen, Min Addy, Yanling Cheng, Lu Wang, Yuhuan Liu, Roger Ruan

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In this study, the effects of Intermittent-Vacuum Stripping (IVS) on activities of methanogenesis in co-digestion of corn stover with liquid swine manure (LSM + CS) under thermophilic anaerobic digestion (TAD) conditions were evaluated. A 65% methanogenesis activity inhibition was observed in pretreated LSM plus corn stover (pLSM + CS), while 60 and 165 mL/L/day CH 4 productions were achieved in pLSM + CS and LSM + CS, respectively. The high salinity condition (5.28%) after IVS pretreatment was considered the primary inhibitor in pLSM + CS, while the ammonia (≤600 mg/L), C:N ratio (15.52) and volatile solid loading rate (3 g/kg −1 ·day −1 ) didn't show a negative effect on CH 4 production. When salinities were increased from 2% to 4% and 8%, 50% and 100% inhibition were observed respectively. The butyrate accumulation was a potential indicator of the non-salinity-inhibition status for methanogenesis in TAD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-23
Number of pages8
JournalBioresource Technology
StatePublished - Jan 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding for this project was provided in part by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) and University of Minnesota Center for Biorefining.

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© 2018 Elsevier Ltd


  • Intermittent-Vacuum Stripping (IVS)
  • Lignocellulose utilization
  • Salinity inhibition
  • Thermophilic anaerobic co-digestion


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