Anaerobic batch digestion of solid potato waste alone and in combination with sugar beet leaves
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The objective of this study was to characterise anaerobic batch biodegradation of potato waste alone and when co-digested with sugar beet leaves. The effects of increasing concentration of potato waste expressed as percentage of total solids (TS) and the initial inoculum-to-substrate ratio (ISR) on methane yield and productivity were investigated. The ISRs studied were in the range 9.0-0.25 and increasing proportions of potato waste from 10% to 80% of TS. A maximum methane yield of 0.32 1 CH4/g VSdegraded was obtained at 40% of TS and an ISR of 1.5. A methane content of up to 84% was obtained at this proportion of potato waste and ISR. Higher ISRs led to faster onset of biogas production and higher methane productivity. Furthermore, co-digestion of potato waste and sugar beet leaves in varying proportions was investigated at constant TS. Co-digestion improved the accumulated methane production and improved the methane yield by 31-62% compared with digestion of potato waste alone. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.