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1 Potential of using Organic Fraction of Solid Municipal Waste (OFSMW) for biohydrogen production in South Africa

2 The need for alternative energy Carbon emissions contributes to greenhouse effects. Currently, 85% of global energy is derived from fossil fuels & crude oil (Das, 2009). The WHO, estimates that people die each year from side effects of climate change (WHO, 2 003).

3 The need for alternative energy: depletion & prices Oil has reached its “Peak” production. This is due to high demands & overuse in global markets. A heavy increase in fuels prices is evidence over the past decades.

4 Hydrogen as a potential energy source H 2 is abundant, clean, efficient, can be derived from diverse domestic resources. Biomass Hydro Wind Solar Geothermal Coal Nuclear Natural Gas Oil With Carbon Sequestration. Transportation Distributed Generation HIGH EFFICIENCY & RELIABILITY

5 Energy extracted from OFSMW for H 2 production Substrate typeConversion efficiencySpecific H 2 production OFSMW2.5 mol H 2 /mol glucose 114 ml/g VS added OFSMW1.98 mol H 2 /mol glucose 127 ml/g VS added FW2.1 mol H 2 /mol glucose - FW2.11 mol H 2 /mol glucose 165 ml/g VS added FW mol H 2 /mol glucose ml/g VS added FW1.8 mol H 2 /mol glucose 91.5 ml/VS added

6 Production of OFSMW in South Africa Data from DEA, shows that an estimated 7.88 millions tons of organic waste were generated in South Africa in Only 35% was recycled. The rest was burnt and disposed on landfills. Poses environments & health risks.

7 Composition of OFSMW OFSMW consists of food waste, garden waste, paper, other various waste materials. Its generated from household, agricultural & industrial sectors. ComponentC H2H2 O2O2 N2N2 SAsh Food waste Paper Cardboard Textiles Rubber Leather Yard wastes Wood

8 Biohydrogen production processes from OFSMW Under different operational parameters SubstrateInoculumPretreatmentpH rangeOptimal pHTemp oC Reactor typeH 2 yield OFSMW Mixture of deep soil, pig excretes HST5.7_38UASR127 ml/g VS, 99 ml/g VS FWActivated sludge HST CSTR51-81ml/g VS FW+OMW Activated sludge_ CSTR ml/g VS FWAnaerobic sludge HST CSTR18-63 ml/g VS FWAnaerobic sludge HST5.5 _ 55CSTR ml/g VS

9 Biohydrogen & Bioelectricity generation from OFSMW: Our laboratory findings Semi-pilot process conducted in 10 L bioreactor (Labfors Infors). Inoculum: 100 o C for 30 minutes. At pH 7.9, o C,60 h HRT, and 100 rpm. The bioreactor was flushed with N 2 gas for 10minutes. H 2, CH 2 and CO 2 measured with sensors (Bluesens, Germany).

10 Biohydrogen & Bioelectricity generation from OFSMW: Laboratory findings Results: Maximum H 2 fraction of 46.72%. H 2 yield of ml H 2 /g TVS. Cumulative H 2 volume of 3.12 L No CH4 detected.

11 Biohydrogen & Bioelectricity generation from OFSMW: Laboratory findings The two-chambered MFC reactor was fabricated using glass material. Electrodes made up of graphite rods (1475 mm 2 cross section). Projected surface area of 2187 mm 2 At pH 7, 30 o C. Fig. 1 Schematic diagram of a MFC cell

12 Biohydrogen & Bioelectricity generation from OFSMW: Laboratory findings Results: A maximum electrical power density of 210 mW/m 2 was recorded. Current density mA/m 2 COD removal efficiency of 50.12%.

13 Conclusions 1. BioH 2 scale-up studies using OFSMW coupled with MFC for optimum bioenergy extraction would shorten the timeline: For a more environmentally friendly. Sustainable biohydrogen economy development. 2. BioH 2 from OFSMW will also assists to alleviate environmental hazards.


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