Co-digestion and model simulations of source separated municipal organic waste with cattle manure under batch and continuously stirred tank reactors

Panagiotis Tsapekos, Panagiotis Kougias*, Sidhant Kuthiala, Irini Angelidaki

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This study investigates the co-digestion of source separated municipal organic waste (SSMOW), pretreated using a biopulper, and cattle manure both in batch and continuous stirred tank reactors. The optimum co-digestion feeding mixture was consisted of 90% SSMOW and 10% cattle manure on organic matter basis, yielding 443 mLCH4/gVS. The high performance of the co-digestion was explained by the fact that the efficient pulping pretreatment boosted the methane production from SSMOW and that the added livestock slurry provided the buffer capacity to avoid inhibition occurred by intermediates’ accumulation. Moreover, batch assays focused on the effect of inoculum to substrate ratio (ISR) were performed. Results showed that the reduction of ISR had slight impact on extending the lag phase, without affecting the rest kinetic parameters. The efficiency of the codigestion process in continuously fed reactor was comparable with the results obtained from the batch assay (i.e. <95% of the maximum expected value). Finally, the outputs from an applied mathematical model were in good agreement with the experimental data obtained from the continuous reactor operation, demonstrating that the BioModel can serve as a reliable tool to predict the process performance under real-scale conditions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy Conversion and Management
Pages (from-to)1-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Source separated municipal organic waste
  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Methane
  • Kinetics
  • Modeling

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