Perspectives on third generation gaseous biofuel

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dc.contributor.advisor Murphy, Jeremiah D.G. en
dc.contributor.author Guneratnam, Amita Jacob
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-14T10:01:39Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-14T10:01:39Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.date.submitted 2017
dc.identifier.citation Guneratnam, A. J. 2017. Perspectives on third generation gaseous biofuel. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 142 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5458
dc.description.abstract Advanced biofuels that have high productivity such as micro and macro algae or certain plant based waste biomass are considered as third generation biofuel. Hydrogen produced using surplus electricity can be then transformed to methane by biological or catalytic methanation is also considered as a candidate for third generation feedstock to produce gaseous biofuel. Micro-algal biomass can be produced using waste exhaust streams from industries containing CO2, SOx, NOx. The emissions from a 1 GWe coal power plant if captured can produce 2.69Mt of micro-algal (volatile solids) in a closed cultivation system with a carbon capture efficiency of 80 %, in a foot print of 19,200 hectare for a tubular photo-bioreactor. Macro-algae (seaweed) can also be produced by sequestering nitrogen from waste streams that are released by fish farms. A production of 168Mt of seaweed integrated with 13Mt of farmed salmon is required if 1.25 % of energy in transport is to be provided by seaweed biomass. However this involves operating 2600 anaerobic digesters, each treating 64,500t/a of S.latisma in coastal digesters. Brown seaweed such as Laminaria digitata was subjected to a two-stage fermentation process that involved hydrolysis followed by methanation. It was found that two stage fermentation of L. digitata can be implemented if shorter retention times and higher organic loading rate are required. Average methane yields of 176 and 234 L/kg VS (two stage) and 221 L/kg VS (single stage) were obtained with higher methane compositions than that of the single stage process. H2 and CO2 were used in ex-situ biological methanation which was conducted at two thermophilic temperatures (55°C and 65°C) with methane compositions of 85–88% and volumetric productivities of 0.45 and 0.4L CH4/Lreactor were observed at 55°C and 65°C after 24h respectively. Methanothermobacter species represent likely and resilient candidates for thermophilic biogas upgrading. en
dc.description.sponsorship Gas Networks Ireland (GNI through the Gas Innovation Group and by ERVIA.) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2017, Amita Jacob Guneratnam. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Biofuel en
dc.subject Biogas en
dc.subject Seaweed en
dc.subject Micro-algae en
dc.subject Hydrogen en
dc.title Perspectives on third generation gaseous biofuel en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral Degree (Structured) en
dc.type.qualificationname PHD (Engineering) en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.contributor.funder Science Foundation Ireland en
dc.contributor.funder Gas Networks Ireland en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Environmental Research Institute en
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dc.check.reason No embargo required en
dc.check.opt-out Not applicable en
dc.thesis.opt-out false
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ucc.workflow.supervisor jerry.murphy@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Spring 2018 en
dc.relation.project info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/SFI/SFI Research Centres/12/RC/2302/IE/Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) - The SFI Centre for Marine Renewable Energy Research/ en


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