Methane from Anaerobic Fermentation

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Science  09 Mar 1984:
Vol. 223, Issue 4640, pp. 1021-1028
DOI: 10.1126/science.223.4640.1021


Conventional anaerobic digestion is an established technology for wastewater stabilization, but methane production rates and net energy yields are generally too low to make the process competitive as a source of methane. Numerous improvements are being developed to make conversion of plant biomass to methane and simultaneous waste stabilization-methane production practical. Among these improvements are innovative-digester designs and process configurations. Efforts to commercialize modern anaerobic digestion technology are progressing.