International Journal of
Physical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Phys. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-1950
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPS
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2556

Full Length Research Paper

A comparative study of biogas production using plantain/almond leaves and pig dung, and its applications

EZEKOYE, V. A.
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 10 June 2013
  •  Published: 23 June 2013

Abstract

Plantain/almond leaves and pig dung were used as substrates in anaerobic biodigester for producing biogas by batch operation method within the mesophilic temperature range of 20.0 to 31.0°C. The study was carried out to compare biogas production potential from plantain/almond leaves and pig dung wastes. The cumulative biogas produced from the plantain/almond leaves was 220.5 L while the cumulative biogas from the pig dung was 882.5 L. Orsat apparatus was used to analysize the gas produced. The methane component of gas from pig dung was 70.2% while that for plantain/almond leaves with algae was 72.7%. The biogas from the almond/plantain leaves became combustible on sixteenth day while the biogas from the pig dung was combustible on fourteenth day. Results showed that pig dung produced more biogas than the almond/plantain leaves within the same period.

 

Key words: Mesophilic, anaerobically, almond/plantain, combustible, algae.