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

ArticleinWaste Management 32(11):2056-60 · March 2012with24 Reads
Impact Factor: 3.22 · DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2012.03.003 · Source: PubMed

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.

    • "This indicates that the methanogenesis is the rate-limiting step beyond excessive OLR. A similar observation has been reported by Liu et al. (2012). They concluded that during anaerobic co-digestion of municipal biomass waste and waste activated sludge hydrolysis was the rate limiting step at low OLR (1.2–6.0 kgVS/m 3 d). "
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