Anaerobic digestion of palm oil mill effluent using an up flow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor


Borja, R. and Banks, C.J. (1994) Anaerobic digestion of palm oil mill effluent using an up flow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor. Biomass and Bioenergy, 6, (5), 381-389. (doi:10.1016/0961-9534(94)E0028-Q).

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Anaerobic treatment of palm oil mill effluent (POME) was studied using a 16-litre laboratory scale up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor (UASB) run over a range of influent concentrations from 5.1 to 42.5 g Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) per litre at a constant hydraulic retention time of four days. Methane production, volatile fatty acid conversion, net sludge growth and Chemical Oxygen Demand reduction were monitored. Over 96% Chemical Oxygen Demand was removed at loadings up to 10.6 g COD l−1 day−1. At the highest influent concentration reactor instability was observed. Up to this point the results indicated that the UASB could treat POME more effectively than other systems reviewed.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0961-9534 (print)
1873-2909 (electronic)
Keywords: anaerobic digestion, palm oil mill effluent, uasb reactor
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 75508
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:54
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/75508

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