Borja, R., Banks, C.J., Martin, A. and Khalfaoui, B.
Anaerobic digestion of palm oil mill effluent and condensation water waste: an overall kinetic model for methane production and substrate utilization
Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering, 13, (2), . (doi:10.1007/BF00420434).
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The process of anaerobic digestion is viewed as a series of reactions which can be described kinetically both in terms of substrate utilization and methane production. It is considered that the rate limiting factor in the digestion of complex wastewaters is hydrolysis and this cannot be adequately described using a Monod equation. In contrast readily assimilable wastewaters conform well to this approach. A generalized equation has thus been derived, based on both the Monod and Contois equations, which serves extreme cases. The model was verified experimentally using continuous feed anaerobic digesters treating palm oil mill effluent (POME) and condensation water from a thermal concentration process. POME represents a complex substrate comprising of unhydrolyzed materials whereas the condensation water is predominantly short chain volatile fatty acids. Substrate removal and methane production in both cases could be predicted accurately using the generalized equation presented.
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