This study aims to enhance the hydrogen (H2) production from marine macro algae (Ulva Reticulate) by microwave combined with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) under alkaline condition. Microwave (domestic type) (M) pretreatment of algal biomass at its optimal power (40%) resulted in 27.9% COD solubilization at 15 min time interval. When this optimal microwave power was combined with H2O2 (MH) an increment in COD solubilization was achieved at 24 mg H2O2/g macroalgae dosage. Under alkaline condition (pH 7–12), microwave and H2O2 combination (MHA) yielded better result than MH. At optimal alkaline condition (pH 10), MHA pretreatment shows a COD solubilization of 34%. Microwave in alkaline condition induces decomposition of H2O2 and more OH radical synthesis. This synergistically promotes solubilization. The MHA process considerably diminish time and specific energy required for biomass disintegration. Among the samples, highest H2 yield of 87.5 mL H2/g COD was observed for MHA.
|Publication status||Published - 2020 Apr|
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Environmental Engineering
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Waste Management and Disposal