The Possibility of Maize Straw Application as a Substrate for Biogas Plants
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The maize straw has a huge energetic potential. In Poland, the maize straw harvest can reach almost 5 million ha per year. With the good perspective for biogas market development in Poland, maize straw can become a good, reasonable substrate for biogas plant and avoid the conflict between food and biofuels production. This paper presents the potential for maize straw used as substrate for biogas plants. The results show that maize straw can be more effective for biogas productivity than maize silage. For 3 kinds of maize straw silage (from 4 analysed in total) the results of methane production were significantly higher (120.14 – 141.73 m3/Mg FM) than in case of typical maize silage biomethane efficiency.
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