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Three-reaction model for the anaerobic digestion of microalgae


Coupling an anaerobic digester to a microalgal culture has received increasing attention as an alternative process for combined bioenergy production and depollution. In this article, a dynamic model for anaerobic digestion of microalgae is developed with the aim of improving the management of such a coupled system. This model describes the dynamics of inorganic nitrogen and volatile fatty acids since both can lead to inhibition and therefore process instability. Three reactions are considered: Two hydrolysis-acidogenesis steps in parallel for sugars/lipids and for proteins, followed by a methanogenesis step. The proposed model accurately reproduces experimental data for anaerobic digestion of the freshwater microalgae Chlorella vulgaris with an organic loading rate of 1 gCOD L−1 d−1. In particular, the three-reaction pathway allows to adequately represent the observed decoupling between biogas production and nitrogen release. The reduced complexity of this model makes it suitable for developing advanced, model-based control and monitoring strategies
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hal-00848426 , version 1 (14-04-2021)



Francis Mairet, Olivier Bernard, Elliot Cameron, Monique Ras, Laurent Lardon, et al.. Three-reaction model for the anaerobic digestion of microalgae. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 2012, 109 (2), pp.415-425. ⟨10.1002/bit.23350⟩. ⟨hal-00848426⟩
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