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Use of Polyethylene Tube Biodigester for fish production and Processing - A Review

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Chemistry, Michael University of Agriculture, Umudike, P. M. B. 7267, Umuahia, Abia State, NIGERIA
  • 2Department of Chemical Engineering, Michael University of Agriculture, Umudike, P.M.B. 7267, Umuahia, Abia State, NIGERIA

Res.J.chem.sci., Volume 4, Issue (11), Pages 76-79, November,18 (2014)


The paper reviews the potential of renewable energy sources specifically, biogas produced in a polyethylene tube biodigester, as an alternative for the supplementation of energy requirements especially in the rural areas. A biodigester is a container which processes the organic material via anaerobic decomposition and produces biogas with methane and carbon dioxide being the major constituents. The chemical composition and properties of biogas, effluents and sludge are discussed and the use of biomass for biogas production is analyzed with reference to the utilization of biodigester effluent for fish farming and biogas for fish smoking. Comparison is made between direct fertilization of fish ponds with animal manure and with biodigester effluent in terms of public health risks. The polyethylene tube biodigester-fish system (PBFS) is recommended for use by fish farmers and fish processors and benefits of the system are outlined.


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