Pilot-scale anaerobic co-digestion of municipal biomass waste and waste activated sludge in China: Effect of organic loading rate

School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China. Electronic address: .
Waste Management (Impact Factor: 3.22). 03/2012; 32(11):2056-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2012.03.003
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The effects of organic loading rate on the performance and stability of anaerobic co-digestion of municipal biomass waste (MBW) and waste activated sludge (WAS) were investigated on a pilot-scale reactor. The results showed that stable operation was achieved with organic loading rates (OLR) of 1.2-8.0kgvolatile solid (VS)(m(3)d)(-1), with VS reduction rates of 61.7-69.9%, and volumetric biogas production of 0.89-5.28m(3)(m(3)d)(-1). A maximum methane production rate of 2.94m(3)(m(3)d)(-1) was achieved at OLR of 8.0kgVS(m(3)d)(-1) and hydraulic retention time of 15days. With increasing OLRs, the anaerobic reactor showed a decrease in VS removal rate, average pH value and methane concentration, and a increase of volatile fatty acid concentration. By monitoring the biogas production rate (BPR), the anaerobic digestion system has a higher acidification risk under an OLR of 8.0kgVS(m(3)d)(-1). This result remarks the possibility of relating bioreactor performance with BPR in order to better understand and monitor anaerobic digestion process.

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    • "The different growth rates and pH optima for hydrogen producing microorganisms (between 5.5 and 6.5) and methanogenic microorganisms (around pH 7), have led to the development of the two-stage AD process (De laRubia et al., 2009). This approach has been used to the hydrogen production (HP) in the first phase reactor and methane production (MP) in the second phase reactor, with the final purpose of mixing the two gasses to achieve bio-Hythane (50–55% CH 4 , 5–10% H 2 and 35–40% CO 2 ), a biogas that offers better combustion and reduced greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels (Cavinato et al., 2011;Liu et al., 2012). Due to the advantages of the AD process, an ample research has been done on the optimization of AD for treating the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW), including the interesting option of the co-digestion process. "
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    • "Cumulative biogas production decreased at higher organic loading due to VFAs accumulation in digesters. These results are in accordance with other studies where higher risks of VFA accumulation and low biogas yield at higher organic loading rate have been reported (Alvarez and Lidén, 2008; Liu et al., 2012). Digester at an S/I ratio of 0.25 yielded highest biogas among all other digesters (Fig. 2b). "
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