3-2 Heat of Combustion Data

Heat of combustion has been reported by a number of authors and a few are given below in Table 3-1. The heat of combustion for a variety of organism falls in a very narrow range of about 22 kJ g-1. Heat of combustion of glucose, a commonly used substrate, is 15.6 kJ g-1.

Table 3-1 Heat of Combustion of Biomass

Organism

(-DHs), kJ g-1

E. coli

23.03

E. cloacae

22.83

B. thuringiensis

22.08

Candida lipolytica

21.34

Candida boidinii

20.14

Kluyveromyces fragilis

21.66