Biohydrogen Production as a Function of pH and Substrate Concentration

Department of Civil & Construction Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames 50011-3232, USA.
Environmental Science and Technology (Impact Factor: 5.33). 01/2002; 35(24):4726-30. DOI: 10.1021/es001979r
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The conversion of organics in wastewaters into hydrogen gas could serve the dual role of renewable energy production and waste reduction. The chemical energy in a sucrose rich synthetic wastewater was recovered as hydrogen gas in this study. Using fractional factorial design batch experiments, the effect of varying pH (4.5-7.5) and substrate concentration (1.5-44.8 g COD/L) and their interaction on hydrogen gas production were tested. Mixed bacterial cultures obtained from a compost pile, a potato field, and a soybean field were heated to inhibit hydrogen-consuming methanogens and to enrich sporeforming, hydrogen-producing acidogens. It was determined that the highest rate (74.7 mL H2/(L*h)) of hydrogen production occurred at a pH of 5.5 and a substrate concentration of 7.5 g COD/Lwith a conversion efficiency of 38.9 mL H2/(g COD/L). The highest conversion efficiency was 46.6 mL H2/(g COD/L).

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    • "Generally , the decreasing of VFAs occurs with increasing alkalinity during the hydrogen and acetate conversion by methanogens to CH 4 and CO 2 , causing the rise of pH ( Malakahmad et al . , 2014 ) . In addition , pH range of 5e6 was considered to be appropriate for H 2 production to avoid both methanogenesis and solventgenesis processes ( Ginkel et al . , 2001 ) . This finding is one of the main reasons for the low COD removal , which is in strong correlation with stable methanogenesis . The soluble metabolites compositions reflect the metabolic pathways of the anaerobic community with changing the HRT , which can be useful to improve the hythane ( H 2 þ CH 4 ) production Fig . 4 . H 2 yield "
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    • "Additionally, the optimal pH also varies widely from 4.5 [20] to 9.0 [21], depends on the nature of the inoculum source and feedstock. For instance using sucrose as carbon source authors reported pH 9.0 [21] and pH 5.5 as optimal [54] values. Such discrepancy concept could be explained mainly due to the source of inoculum used for hydrogen turnout. "

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    • "Higher concentration (above 0.5%) used in our study resulted in poor hydrogen production as shown in Fig. 2c, which is similar to other findings and indicated that the alkali concentrations between 0.2 and 0.5% showed improved biohydrogen production, whereas further increased concentration resulted in lower biogas production. This might be due to the fact that high NaOH concentration inhibited the growth of anaerobic organisms [24] [25]. Hydrothermal and autoclave pretreatments did not significantly improve hydrogen production. "
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