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Start-up and Operation of Laboratory-Scale Thermophilic Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket Reactors Treating Vegetable Processing Wastewaters

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-339
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1997
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


Thermophilic anaerobic treatment of hot vegetable processing wastewaters was studied in laboratory-scale UASB reactors at 55°C. The high-strength wastewater streams, deriving from steam peeling and blanching of carrot, potato and swede were used. The reactors were inoculated with mesophilic granular sludge. Stable thermophilic methanogenesis with about 60% COD removal was reached within 28 days. During the 134 day study period the loading rate was increased up to 24 kg COD m-3 day-1. High treatment efficiency of more than 90% COD removal and concomitant methane production of 7.3 m3 CH4 m-3 day-1 were achieved. The anaerobic process performance was not affected by the changes in the wastewater due to the different processed vegetables. The results demonstrated the feasibility of thermophilic anaerobic treatment of vegetable processing wastewaters in UASB reactors.


  • Anaerobic treatment, Food industry, Granular sludge, Start-up, Thermophilic, Vegetable processing wastewater

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