Effect of salt and sodium concentration on the anaerobic methanisation of the halophyte Tripolium pannonicum

Significance Statement

The objective of this research work is to analyse the potential use of halophytes as biofilter to decrease contaminants in water and their further use for biogas production through an anaerobic digestion process. This is an environmentally friendly method where plants are used for biofiltration and besides the plant material used as substrate produces biogas which is a renewable energy source (Fig. 1).

Halophytes are plants that tolerate high concentrations of soluble salt in their environments. Since most wastewaters contain dissolved salts and halophytes are able to uptake and store salt in their tissues, it is important to study the salt inhibition during the fermentation process.  

 Effect of salt and sodium concentration on the anaerobic methanisation of the halophyte Tripolium pannonicum.Renewable Energy Global Innovations

About the author

Ariel E. Turcios is a researcher in the field of water resources, biomass & bioenergy at Leibniz University Hanover, Germany. At present he is a PhD student in Biology at the same university. He has published relevant scientific papers related to potential use of salt tolerant plants for biofiltering to decrease organic and inorganic contaminants in the water and their further use for biogas production through the anaerobic digestion process. His educational background includes a M.Sc. in water resources management and a Bachelor in Agricultural Engineering.

Ariel has been awarded several times during his academic career. During his Bachelor, Ariel received a Prize for academic excellence because he achieved the highest mark during the whole career in the Agronomy Faculty of the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala.

He also was awarded in his Master studies with the Prize “The best Master Thesis”. During his PhD studies, Ariel also received the award of the Christian-Kuhlemann Foundation for his outstanding scientific achievements and social and cultural commitment at Leibniz University Hanover, Germany.  

Journal Reference

Ariel E. Turcios1,2 , Dirk Weichgrebe3 , Jutta Papenbrock1. Effect of salt and sodium concentration on the anaerobic methanisation of the halophyte Tripolium pannonicum. Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 87, 2016, Pages 69–77.

Show Affiliations
  1. Institute of Botany, Leibniz University Hannover, Herrenhäuserstr. 2, D-30419, Hannover, Germany.
  2. Facultad de Agronomía, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, Guatemala.
  3. Institute for Sanitary Engineering and Waste Management, Leibniz University Hannover, Appelstr. 9a, D-30167, Hannover, Germany

 

 

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