Anaerobic digestion of sludge filtrate using anaerobic baffled reactor assisted by symbionts of short chain fatty acid-oxidation syntrophs and exoelectrogens: Pilot-scale verification

Tao Wang, Gefu Zhu*, Chunxing Li, Mingdian Zhou, Ruming Wang, Junjie Li

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Abstract

The growing amount of sewage sludge from wastewater treatment plant is an emerging challenge in China. The efficient anaerobic digestion of sludge filtrate generated from hydrothermally pretreated sewage sludge can promote the disposal of sewage sludge. Herein, a pilot-scale anaerobic baffled reactor (ABR) assisted by symbionts of short chain fatty acid-oxidation syntrophs (SFAS) and exoelectrogens was developed to improve its stability and efficiency for filtrate treatment. The results demonstrated that the symbionts of exoelectrogens and SFAS, which were enriched by introduction of electrodes in the ABR system, promoted the degradation of butyric, propionic and acetic acids. Therefore, the COD removal efficiency increased from 74.1% to 86.6% and the methane content increased from 81.5% to 92.2% with methane production rising from 241 to 282 mL/g CODremoved. Furthermore, the economic evaluation indicated that the energy consumption of electrodes was 0.600 kWh/m3 of sludge filtrate, the net energy profited from increased methane was 2.344 kWh/m3 of sludge filtrate. These results confirmed that the ABR system assisted by symbionts of SFAS and exoelectrogens was feasible for treatment of sludge filtrate in terms of both technical and economic level through pilot-scale verification.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115329
JournalWater Research
Volume170
Number of pages10
ISSN0043-1354
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Exoelectrogens
  • Pilot scale
  • SFAS
  • Sludge filtrate

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