Methane and bio-hydrogen production from fruit and vegetable waste (FVW): From CH4 and H2 to electricity

Ines García-Peña, Edgar Salgado-Manjarrez, Juan Aranda-Barradas, Isaac Chairez, Prathap Parameswaran, Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown

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Bio-hydrogen and/or methane production from the organic fraction of solid waste, such as fruit and vegetable waste (FVW), constitutes an attractive and economical technology for energy production. The application of this process would allow for the simultaneous treatment of organic residues and energy production. In this chapter, data obtained to evaluate methane production from FVW are presented. Besides, the feasibility of bio-hydrogen production by using the anaerobic digester sludge as seed, and the culture conditions to enhance Bio-H2 production in batch and a continuous system were established and are described. The effect of increasing initial concentration of FVW on H2 production was evaluated in batch experiments and is also presented and discussed. Finally, the feasibility of producing H2 from FVW and obtaining electricity by coupling proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) was demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiotechnology
Subtitle of host publicationHealth, Food, Energy and Environment Applications
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781620810712
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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