The technical feasibility of long term anaerobic mono-digestion of two brown seaweeds, and co-digestion of both seaweeds with dairy slurry was investigated whilst increasing the organic loading rate (OLR). One seaweed was natural (L. digitata); the second seaweed (S. Latissima) was cultivated. Higher proportions of L. digitata in co-digestion (66.6%) allowed the digester to operate more efficiently (OLR of 5 kg VS m−3 d−1 achieving a specific methane yield (SMY) of 232 L CH4 kg−1 VS) as compared to lower proportions (33.3%). Co-digestion of 66.6% cultivated S. latissima, with dairy slurry allowed a higher SMY of 252 L CH4 kg−1 VS but at a lower OLR of 4 kg VS m−3 d−1. Optimum conditions for mono-digestion of both seaweeds were effected at 4 kg VS m−3 d−1. Chloride concentrations increased to high levels in the digestion of both seaweeds but were not detrimental to operation.
Tabassum, M. R., Wall, D. M., & Murphy, J. D. (2016). Biogas production generated through continuous digestion of natural and cultivated seaweeds with dairy slurry. Bioresource Technology, 219, 228–238. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2016.07.127