Bioconversion Technologies: Anaerobic Digestion of Food Waste: Anaerobic Digestion of Food Waste

Binghua Yan, Chao Liu, Suyun Xu, Jun Zhou, Jonathan Wong, Jiachao Zhang

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Anaerobic digestion has been recognized as an economical and effective way for food waste treatment and resource recovery. This chapter presented an overview on the researches about anaerobic digestion of food waste. Biochemical parameters and synergistic effect together with possible inhibition factors are analyzed to characterize the microbial catalyzed bioelectrochemical process. Phased anaerobic digestion (AD) and emerging AD-based bioelectrochemical systems including microbial fuel cell, microbial electrodialysis cell, and microbial electrosynthesis are introduced and evaluated. Resource recovery from AD of food waste in terms of CH4, H2, CH4, and H2 and volatile fatty acids are summarized. For the promotion of resource recovery, more attention should be paid to integrated technologies that can produce more useful products toward zero discharge. Furthermore a technological route for food waste conversion based on anaerobic digestion was proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurrent Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Subtitle of host publicationSustainable Food Waste Management. Resource Recovery and Treatment
EditorsJonathan Wong, Guneet Kaur, Mohammad Taherzadeh, Ashok Pandey, Katia Lasaridi
Number of pages42
ISBN (Electronic)9780128191491
ISBN (Print)9780128191484
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Hydrogen
  • Inhibition factors
  • Methane
  • Phased anaerobic system
  • Resource recovery
  • Volatile fatty acids
  • Waste bioconversion


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