Process development of continuous hydrogen production by Enterobacter aerogenes in a packed column reactor
Hydrogen bioproduction from agro-industrial residues by Enterobacter aerogenes in a continuous packed column has been investigated and a complete reactor characterization is presented. Experimental runs carried out at different residence time, liable of interest for industrial application, showed hydrogen yields ranging from 1.36 to 3.02 mmolH2mmol−1glucose or, in other words, from 37.5% to 75% of the theoretical hydrogen yield. A simple kinetic model of cell growth, validated by experimental results and allowing the prediction of biomass concentration profile along the reactor and the optimization of superficial velocity, is suggested. By applying the developed approach to the selected operative conditions, the identification of the optimum superficial velocity v0,opt of about 2.2 cm h−1 corresponding to the maximum hydrogen evolution rate H˙2 g ,max, was performed.
KeywordsHydrogen Production Biomass Concentration Hydrogen Evolution Packed Column Hydrogen Yield
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