Investigation of the Theoretically Potential for Biogas Production from Mucilage in the Marmara Sea
Corresponding Author: Saliha Özarslan
Received: 27.01.202
Accepted 20.04.202
Published 26.05.202

This research is about the disposal and evaluation of mucilage, which threatens human health, marine ecosystem, social life and economy. For this purpose, the idea of providing benefits by creating an alternative to meet the energy need, which is one of the world's priority problems, has been adopted. It has been determined that mucilage can be used in the production of biogas, which is a popular energy type in recent times, in line with its structural properties and content. Biogas, which has the potential to be an alternative to fossil fuels thanks to its numerous advantages, is a versatile renewable energy source that can be used in many different areas. In this study, the biogas production potential of mucilage was investigated theoretically with two different methods. One of the methods is to calculate the methane yield based on the protein, lipid and carbohydrate content of the organic matter. In the other method, according to the results of elemental analysis, the methane yield was calculated using the stoichiometric equation. According to the analysis and calculations, the theoretical methane yield of the mucilage was found to be 528.68 mL CH4/g VS according to the organic matter content and 526.15 mL CH4/g VS according to the elemental content. Theoretical calculation of the methane yield before the experimental study saves material and time. In this direction, it has been concluded that the biogas production potential of the mucilage is high and suitable for experimental work, since the methane yield values calculated using different methods are high and close to each other. It is believed that this study, which investigates the disposal of mucilage, which is a harmful formation, and its usability in the production of biogas, which is an efficient energy type, makes a multi-faceted contribution to the literature for humanity.

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