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Annals of Advanced Agricultural Sciences
AS > Volume 4, Number 2, May 2020

Effect of Total Solids on Biogas Production in a Fixed Dome Laboratory Digester under Mesophilic Temperature

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DOI: 10.22606/as.2020.42003

Author(s)
Barasa H. Masinde, Daudi M. Nyaanga, Musa R. Njue, Joseph W. Matofari
Affiliation(s)
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 190 – 50100, Kakamega, Kenya
Agricultural Engineering Department, Egerton University, P.O. Box 536 – 20115, Egerton, Kenya
Agricultural Engineering Department, Egerton University, P.O. Box 536 – 20115, Egerton, Kenya
Dairy, Food Science and Technology Department, Egerton University, P.O. Box 536 – 20115, Egerton, Kenya
Abstract
An investigation on the effect of total solids on biogas production was done using a laboratory scale batch reactor of 0.15 m3 capacity. The feedstock was dung from dairy cows managed under a free-range system. Experiments were done on a substrate having total solids of 6%, 7%, 8%, 9%, and 10% at a constant temperature of 35°C; and the mean biogas production was 0.249, 0.304, 0.487, 0.287, and 0.244 m3 of biogas per m3 of digester volume per day (m3/m3d), respectively. It was concluded that the highest average biogas production of 0.487 m3/m3d is attained at total solids of 8%.
Keywords
total solids, biogas production, fixed dome, laboratory digester
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