The efficiency of farm anaerobic digestion plants could get a boost, as University of Exeter academics scrutinise the bacterial activity within them.
Partnering with companies that run such facilities, the Penryn Campus-based team will throw light on bacterial communities, as well as the conditions in which they thrive, in so doing expanding our knowledge of AD plant efficiency.
The research will involve mixing different bacteria, in different conditions, using various ‘feeds’ (the organic material which is fed into a digester such as manure, maize or food waste) and potentially adding other elements to work out how to enhance the desirable bacteria’s activity.
Given the scale of the energy challenge facing the world, breakthroughs in this field could have global ramifications.
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