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DOI 10.1002/elsc.201700176
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Title (Primary) Anaerobic co‐digestion of waste yeast biomass from citric acid production and waste frying fat
Author Moeller, L.; Bauer, A.; Zehnsdorf, A.; Lee, M.-Y.; Müller, R.A.
Source Titel Engineering in Life Sciences
Year 2018
Department UBZ
Volume 18
Issue 7
Page From 425
Page To 433
Language englisch
Keywords Anaerobic digestion; Citric acid; Waste frying fat; Yarrowia lipolytica; Yeast
Abstract The application of spent yeast for biogas production has been studied only in the context of breweries so far. This study is focused on the anaerobic digestion of concentrated yeast biomass (CYB), being a by‐product of citric acid biosynthesis. Two experimental set‐ups were used in order to test CYB as a mono‐substrate and co‐substrate for closing the loop in accordance with the ‘bioeconomy’ approach. The results show that CYB allows for obtaining a high biogas yield, with a maximum of 1.45 m3N/kgVS produced when CYB was used as a mono‐substrate. The average methane concentration was 66 ± 4%. However, anaerobic digestion of CYB alone was difficult to perform because of a tendency for over‐acidification, meaning that the maximum possible organic loading rate was 1 kg/(m3*d). Repeated clogging of tubes with coagulated biomass also disturbed continuous feeding. In contrast, the co‐digestion of CYB with waste frying fat at a ratio of 1:20 showed stable operation during a 70‐day fermentation period. The biogas yield using the substrate mixture was 1.42 m3/kgVS at an organic loading rate of 2 kg/(m3*d). The methane concentration reached 67 ± 4% and the acetate concentration did not exceed 30 mg/L during the entire fermentation.
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Moeller, L., Bauer, A., Zehnsdorf, A., Lee, M.-Y., Müller, R.A. (2018):
Anaerobic co‐digestion of waste yeast biomass from citric acid production and waste frying fat
Eng. Life Sci. 18 (7), 425 - 433 10.1002/elsc.201700176