Influence of liquid-to-gas ratio on the syngas fermentation efficiency: An experimental approach

Spyridon Achinas*, Jelmer Mulder, Gert-Jan Euverink

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Abstract

Syngas fermentation by methanogens is a novel process to purify biogas. Methanogens are able to ferment non-desirable CO2, H2, and CO to methane. However, to use methanogens on an industrial scale, more research has to be done. There are studies that discuss the growth of methanogens on syngas in combination with acetate. In this research, growth of methanogens on syngas as sole carbon source is discussed. Effluent of an anaerobic fed-batch was selectively cultivated with syngas in 400 mL Eppendorf© bioreactors. After a period of 7 days, fifteen 120 mL flasks were filled with three different liquid-to-gas ratios (1:1, 1:3, 1:5). Results showed that different liquid-to-gas ratios change the metabolic preference of the anaerobic microbial community. Moreover, complete conversion in a four-to-eight-day period, via the carboxidotrophic pathway, was observed in all three liquid-to-gas ratios.
Original languageEnglish
Article number138
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalBioengineering
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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