Kwame DonkorUniversity College Cork | UCC · Environmental Research Institute
Master of Engineering
Employment-Based Ph.D. Program funded by Irish Research Council in development of renewable grass biomethane
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Citations since 2017
4 Research Items
Kwame is currently involved in an Irish Research Council (IRC) funded project entitled Sequential Temperature-phased Enhanced Anaerobic digestion using Microbes and Enzymes (STEAME). STEAME is aimed at developing a cost-effective technology for the efficient conversion of farm-animal waste and surplus grass silage to biogas. Key innovations are developed in the areas of: pre-treatment; thermophilic semi-dry anaerobic digestion; and microbial and enzyme application.
October 2020 - present
Celignis Analytical Ltd
- Undertaking a Ph.D. at Celignis focused on advancing the art of anaerobic digestion technologies relevant to Irish farming communities.
May 2016 - May 2019
- PhD Student
- Research is on water reclamation and biofuel production from paper sludge
May 2016 - May 2018
- Tutored undergraduate students in engineering chemistry, engineering maths and reaction kinetics
October 2020 - October 2023
This study considered the possibility of reducing the environmental footprint of paper and pulp industry by producing bioenergy from paper sludge by using process wastewater instead of fresh water, and reclaiming water trapped in paper sludge. Experimental studies are conducted with streams from three different pulp and paper mills (virgin pulp mil...
Global warming and climate change are imminent threats to the future of humankind. A shift from the current reliance on fossil fuels to renewable energy is key to mitigating the impacts of climate change. Biological raw materials and residues can play a key role in this transition through technologies such as anaerobic digestion. However, biologica...
Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a bioprocess technology that integrates into circular economy systems, which produce renewable energy and biofertilizer whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions. However, improvements in biogas production efficiency are needed in dealing with lignocellulosic biomass. The state-of-the-art of AD technology is discussed, wi...
Paper sludge is a paper and pulp industry waste stream which is currently being landfilled. It mostly consists of high amounts of cellulose, ash and considerable amounts of entrapped water molecules. Previous studies have established that bio-energy technologies, such as fermentation and anaerobic digestion can release the entrapped water molecules...
Bio ethanol and bio gas production from paper sludge generated by the pulp and paper industry.