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Title: Anaerobic digestion of brewery effluent: two-year operating experiences
Authors: Radu, Tanja
Blanchard, Richard E.
Smedley, Vincent
Theaker, Helen
Wheatley, Andrew D.
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: International Water Association
Citation: RADU, T. ... et al., 2014. Anaerobic digestion of brewery effluent: two-year operating experiences. IN: Proceedings of 2014 9th International Water Association World Water Congress and Exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal, 21-26 September 2014.
Abstract: In this paper we discuss two years operational experiences of an AD wastewater treatment plant to treat brewery waste. The plant uses a 900 m3 expanded granular sludge blanket (EGSB) bioreactor, at 35oC. The variation in effluent composition was balanced in a buffer tank and the EGSB reactor included recycle to provide further buffering. The average waste flow was 250 m3/day which corresponded to a daily load of 6000 kg COD/day. The digester’s performance was assessed based on COD, suspended solids, Ripley’s ratio, volatile fatty acids, and biogas production. The initial COD concentration in effluent of 15000 mg/l was reduced to 120 mg/l in waste sent to sewer, resulting in about 99.2% COD reduction. Suspended solids concentrations were reduced from 2400 mg/l in the effluent to 55 mg/l being released to sewer. The plant has recovered the initial capital expenditure in five years. The wastewater effluent has a high treatability with 86% COD present as soluble COD. This results in a quality of gas which exceeded the expected methane to CO2 ratio of 60% to 40%. An average of 80 m3 of biogas is produced every hour, but the variance in gas flow remains an issue.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/26748
Publisher Link: http://www.iwa-network.org/
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