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The role of phase separation and feed cycle length in leach beds coupled to methanogenic reactors for digestion of a solid substrate (Part 1): Optimisation of reactors’ performance

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A two-phase system composed by a leach bed and a methanogenic reactor was modified for the first time to improve volumetric substrate degradation and methane yields from a complex substrate (maize; Zeamays). The system, which was operated for consecutive feed cycles of different durations for 120 days, was highly flexible and its performance improved by altering operational conditions. Daily substrate degradation was higher the shorter the feed cycle, reaching 8.5 g TSdestroyed d?1 (7-day feed cycle) but the overall substrate degradation was higher by up to 55% when longer feed cycles (14 and 28 days) were applied. The same occurred with volumetric methane yields, reaching 0.839 m3 (m3)?1 d?1. The system performed better than others on specific methane yields, reaching 0.434 m3 kg?1 TSadded, in the 14-day and 28-day systems. The UASB and AF designs performed similarly as second stage reactors on methane yields, SCOD and VFA removal efficiencies

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Cysneiros, Denise, Banks, Charles J., Heaven, Sonia and Karatzas, Kimon-Andreas G. (2012) The role of phase separation and feed cycle length in leach beds coupled to methanogenic reactors for digestion of a solid substrate (Part 1): Optimisation of reactors’ performance Bioresource Technology, 103, (1), pp. 56-63.

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Published date: January 2012
Keywords: anaerobic digestion, leach bed reactor, methane yields, methanogenic reactor, two-phase system
Organisations: Centre for Environmental Science

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Local EPrints ID: 300466
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/300466
ISSN: 0960-8524
PURE UUID: 08c513c6-c311-44b1-8079-0ecdac75f111

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Date deposited: 22 Feb 2012 11:37
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 06:14

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Author: Denise Cysneiros
Author: Sonia Heaven
Author: Kimon-Andreas G. Karatzas

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