Enhanced biogas production from chicken manure via enzymatic pretreatment

Kucuker M. A., Demirel B., Onay T. T.

JOURNAL OF MATERIAL CYCLES AND WASTE MANAGEMENT, vol.22, no.5, pp.1521-1528, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10163-020-01039-w
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, ABI/INFORM, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, Compendex, Environment Index, INSPEC, Pollution Abstracts, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.1521-1528
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Livestock production residues are commonly used as substrates in agricultural biogas plants for energy recovery. Cattle and poultry manure can be converted to biogas in farm-scale or centralized biogas plants to produce heat and power. This study investigated batch anaerobic digestion of chicken manure coupled with a biological pre-treatment step. The primary objective of this laboratory-scale work was to improve the biological degradability of the mono substrate to obtain higher biogas and methane yields through using an enzymatic pre-treatment. The experimental results showed that the enzymatic pre-treatment for the chicken manure significantly increased the biogas production by about 35% in comparison to the control without enzymatic pre-treatment. Therefore, it can be concluded that the enzymatic pre-treatment of chicken manure could provide improved biogas and methane yields when the chicken manure is used as mono substrate for anaerobic digestion in agricultural biogas plants.