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Effect of micro-aeration and leachate replacement on COD solubilization and VFA production during mono-digestion of grass-silage in one-stage leach-bed reactors

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2818-2824
Number of pages7
JournalBioresource Technology
Volume101
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

The effect of micro-aeration and leachate replacement with fresh water on chemical oxygen demand (COD) solubilization and volatile fatty acid (VFA) production during the mono-digestion of grass-silage in one-stage leach-bed reactors (LBRs) was investigated in four LBRs, L0 (control), L1, L2 and L3 in batch mode at 35 ± 1 °C for 57 days. Results showed that leachate replacement without pH adjustment (L3) resulted in 2.7 and 1.3 times more SCOD in the leachate compared to control (L0) or leachate replacement with initial pH adjustment (L1), respectively. Micro-aeration at flow rate of 1 L min-1 (2.5 L of air) in L2 resulted in 4-fold increase in VFA production (from 2.2 to 9 g L-1) without any significant increase in cumulative SCOD in the leachate. Increasing the air flow rate to 4 L min-1 (24 L of air) in L2 resulted in a decrease in SCOD extraction. Leachate replacement without pH adjustment (L3) resulted in higher (mean) specific SCOD production (0.51 g SCOD g-1 VSadded) than control (L0, 0.34 g SCOD g-1 VSadded), leachate replacement with initial pH adjustment (L1, 0.33 g SCOD g-1 VSadded) or micro-aeration (L2, 0.32 g SCOD g-1 VSadded). These results suggest that the challenge of hydrolysis during anaerobic digestion of particulate substrates like grass-silage can be improved by micro-aeration and leachate replacement methods with or without pH adjustment.

Keywords

  • Grass-silage, Leach-bed reactor, Leachate replacement, Micro-aeration, Solubilization