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A kinetic study of anaerobic digestion of olive mill wastewater at mesophilic and thermophilic temperatures

Borja, R., Martin, A., Banks, C.J., Alonso, V. and Chica, A. (1995) A kinetic study of anaerobic digestion of olive mill wastewater at mesophilic and thermophilic temperatures Environmental Pollution, 88, (1), pp. 13-18. (doi:10.1016/0269-7491(95)91043-K). (PMID:15091564).

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The kinetics of the anaerobic digestion of olive mill wastewater (OMW) was studied in the mesophilic and thermophilic ranges of temperature. Two completely mixed continuous flow bioreactors operating at 35°C and 55°C and with an average biomass concentration of 5·45 g VSS litre?1 were used. The thermophilic reactor worked satisfactorily between hydraulic retention times (HRT) of 10 to 40 days, removing between 94·6 and 84·4% of the initial chemical oxygen demand (COD). In contrast, the mesophilic reactor showed a marked decrease in substrate utilization and methane production at a HRT of 10 days. TVFA levels and the TVFA/alkalinity ratio were higher and close to the suggested limits for digester failure. The yield coefficient for methane production (1 CH4 STP g?1 CODadded) was 28% higher in the thermophilic process than in the mesophilic one.

Macroenergetic parameters, calculated using Guiot's kinetic model, gave yield coefficients for the biomass (Y) of 0·18 (mesophilic) and 0·06 g VSS g?1 COD (thermophilic) and specific rates of substrate uptake for cell maintenance (m) of 0·12 (mesophilic) and 0·27 g COD g?1 (thermophilic).

The experimental results showed the rate of substrate uptake (Rs; g COD g?1, correlated with the concentration of biodegradable substrate (Sb; g COD litre?1), through an equation of the Michaelis-Menten type for the two temperatures used.

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Published date: 1995
Keywords: anaerobic digestion, olive mill wastewater, kinetics, mesophilic and thermophilic temperatures


Local EPrints ID: 75475
ISSN: 0269-7491
PURE UUID: ec049c40-8a2e-4524-b96a-3dea7282c73c

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Date deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:43

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Author: R. Borja
Author: A. Martin
Author: C.J. Banks
Author: V. Alonso
Author: A. Chica

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