Biomass energy using methane and hydrogen from waste materials

Yu You Li, Samir I. Gadow, Qigui Niu

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Biomass is playing an increasing role in renewable energy but has disadvantages where the biomass source competes with food supply, biodiversity and other essential components of a sustainable society. At Tohoku University, we are researching sources of alternative fuels such as bio-hydrogen and bio-methane from secondary sources such as wastewater treatment and reuse. In this chapter we present an overview of key concepts related to biomass energy production through various bacterial processes using single and two-phase fermentation technologies. Additionally, we also describe potential sources of biogas technology in Japan including cattle manure, chicken manure, sewage sludge and co-digestion in methane fermentation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTopical Themes in Energy and Resources
Subtitle of host publicationA Cross-Disciplinary Education and Training Program for Environmental Leaders
PublisherSpringer Japan
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9784431553090
ISBN (Print)9784431553083
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1


  • Bio-hydrogen
  • Bio-methane
  • Biomass energy
  • Environmental sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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