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BioMed Research International
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 8650597, 10 pages
Research Article

Alkaline Pretreatment of Sugarcane Bagasse and Filter Mud Codigested to Improve Biomethane Production

1College of Engineering, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210031, China
2Institute of Agricultural Resources and Environment, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Science, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210014, China

Received 16 April 2016; Revised 19 June 2016; Accepted 4 July 2016

Academic Editor: Wei-Hsin Chen

Copyright © 2016 Zahir Talha et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


To enhance the codigestion of degradation and improve biomethane production potential, sugarcane bagasse and filter mud were pretreated by sodium hydroxide NaOH 1 N at 100°C for 15, 30, and 45 minutes, respectively. Biomethane generation from 1-liter batch reactor was studied at mesophilic temperature ()°C, solid concentrations of 6%, and five levels of mixing proportion with and without pretreatment. The results demonstrate that codigestion of filter mud with bagasse produces more biomethane than fermentation of filter mud as single substrate; even codigested substrate composition presented a better balance of nutrients (C/N ratio of 24.70) when codigestion ratio between filter mud and bagasse was 25 : 75 in comparison to filter mud as single substrate (C/N ratio 9.68). All the pretreatments tested led to solubilization of the organic matter, with a maximum lignin reduction of 86.27% and cumulative yield of biomethane (195.8 mL·g, digestion of pretreated bagasse as single substrate) obtained after 45 minutes of cooking by NaOH 1 N at 100°C. Under this pretreatment condition, significant increase in cumulative methane yield was observed (126.2 mL·g) at codigestion ratio of 25 : 75 between filter mud and bagasse by increase of 81.20% from untreated composition.