Pretreatment techniques used in biogas production from grass

Cristina Rodriguez Nunez, Abed Alaswad, K.Y. Benyounis, Abdul-Ghani Olabi

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Grass is being considered as a potential feedstock for biogas production, due to its low water consumption compared to other crops, and the fact that it can be cultivated in non-arable lands, avoiding the direct competition with food crops. However, biogas production is limited by the characteristics of the feedstock; in particular its complex lignocellulosic structure. Hence, different pretreatment methods are being investigated for grass structure disruption before undergoing the anaerobic digestion process. The aim of this paper is to review current knowledge on pretreatment techniques used for grassland biomass. Pretreatment techniques were categorized into mechanical, microwave, thermal, chemical and biological groups. The effect of the application of each studied methods on the biogas yield and on the energy balance is discussed. A further comparison between the covered techniques was revealed. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1193-1204
Number of pages12
JournalRenewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews
Early online date15 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017


  • biogas
  • grass
  • pretreatment
  • anaerobic digestion
  • renewable energy


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