In this work, the integration of dynamic bioenergetic calculations in the IWA Anaerobic Digestion Model No. 1 (ADM1) is presented. The impact of bioenergetics on kinetics was addressed via two different approaches: a thermodynamic-based inhibition function and variable microbial growth yields based on dynamic Gibbs free energy calculations. The dynamic bioenergetic calculations indicate that the standard ADM1 predicts positive reaction rates under thermodynamically unfeasible conditions. The dissolved hydrogen inhibition approach used in ADM1 is, however, deemed as adequate, offering the trade-off of not requiring dynamic bioenergetics computation despite the need of hydrogen inhibition parameters. Simulations of the model with bioenergetics showed the low amount of energy available in butyrate and propionate oxidation, suggesting that microbial growth on these substrates must be very limited or occur via alternative mechanisms rather than dissolved hydrogen.

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