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Biogas and anaerobic digestion methods

July 24, 2012  by John Wiley and Sons Ltd.

Jul. 24, 2012, Dublin, Ireland – Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd’s new book ‘Biogas Production. Pretreatment Methods in Anaerobic Digestion’ to their offering.

Biogas Production covers the most cutting-edge pretreatment processes being used and studied today for the production of biogas.

As an increasingly important piece of the ‘energy pie,’ biogas and other biofuels are being used more and more around the world in every conceivable area of industry and could be a partial answer to the energy problem and the elimination of global warming.

This book will highlight the recent advances in the pretreatment and value addition of lignocellulosic wastes (LCW) with the main focus on domestic and agro-industrial residues. Mechanical, physical, and biological treatment systems are brought into perspective. The main value-added products from lignocellulosic wastes are summarized in a manner that pinpoints the most recent trends and the future directions.

Physico-chemical and biological treatment systems seem to be the most favored options while biofuels, biodegradable composites, and biosorbents production paint a bright picture of the current and future bio-based products. Engineered microbes seem to tackle the problem of bioconversion of substrates that are otherwise nonconvertible by conventional wild strains. Although the main challenge facing LCW utilization is the high costs involved in treatment and production processes, some recent affordable processes with promising results have been proposed. Future trends are being directed to nanobiotechnology and genetic engineering for improved processes and products.

This groundbreaking new volume:

  • Is a comprehensive compilation of anaerobic digestion methods, the treatment processes used for organic wastes and process residues
  • Covers hydrolysis, the rate-limiting step of anaerobic digestion of semi-solid wastes, in which both solubilization of particulate matter and biological decomposition of organic polymers to monomers or dimers take place
  • Offers an in-depth study of potential unconventional feedstocks for anaerobic digestion technology and their practical applications
  • Is in line with the growing green chemistry and green engineering practices, covering research and development of unconventional pretreatment techniques to improve the kinetics of hydrolysis and hence enhance the biogas production rates and yields from lignocellulosic biomass during anaerobic digestion processes.

Key Topics Covered:

  1. Anaerobic Digestion: Pretreatments of Substrates
  2. Recalcitrance of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Anaerobic Digestion
  3. The Effect of Physical, Chemical, and Biological Pretreatments of Biomass on its Anaerobic Digestibility and Biogas Production
  4. Application of Ultrasound Pretreatment for Sludge Digestion
  5. Microwave Sludge Irradiation
  6. Hydrolytic Enzymes Enhancing Anaerobic Digestion
  7. Oxidizing Agents and Organic Solvents as Pretreatment for Anaerobic Digestion
  8. Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Utilization in Greece: Current Status and Perspectives
  9. Original Research: Investigating the Potential of Using Biogas in Cooking Stove in Rodrigues
  10. Optimizing and Modeling the Anaerobic Digestion of Lignocellulosic Wastes by Rumen Cultures
  11. Pretreatment of Biocatalyst as Viable Option for Sustained Production of Biohydrogen from Wastewater Treatment

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