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Anaerobic digestion of grass silage in batch leach bed processes for methane production

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3267-3278
Number of pages12
JournalBioresource Technology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


Anaerobic digestion of grass silage in batch leach bed reactors, with and without a second stage upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor, was evaluated. Sixty six percent of the methane potential in grass was obtained within the 55 days solids retention time in the leach bed-UASB process without pH adjustment, whereas in the one-stage leach bed process 20% of the methane potential in grass was extracted. In two-stage operation, adjustment of the pH of influent to the leach bed reactor to 6 with HCl led to inhibition of both hydrolysis/acidogenesis and methanogenesis. In the leach bed-UASB process 39% of the carbohydrates and 58% of the acid soluble lignin were solubilised within the 49 days of operation, whereas Klason lignin was most recalcitrant. The methane potential of the digestates varied from 0.141 to 0.204 m3 CH4 kg-1 added volatile solids.


  • Anaerobic digestion, Energy crop, Leach bed, Methane production, UASB