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Experiments and Modeling for Flexible Biogas Production by Co-Digestion of Food Waste and Sewage Sludge

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Faculty of Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 611756, Sichuan, China
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Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality and Solid Waste Management, University of Stuttgart, Bandtäle 2, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
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Energies 2020, 13(4), 818; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13040818
Received: 13 January 2020 / Revised: 8 February 2020 / Accepted: 11 February 2020 / Published: 13 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bioenergy from Organic Waste)
This paper explores the feasibility of flexible biogas production by co-digestion of food waste and sewage sludge based on experiments and mathematical modeling. First, laboratory-scale experiments were carried out in variable operating conditions in terms of organic loading rate and feeding frequency to the digester. It is demonstrated that biogas production can achieve rapid responses to arbitrary feedings through co-digestion, and the stability of the anaerobic digestion process is not affected by the overloading of substrates. Compared with the conventional continuous mode, the required biogas storage capacity in flexible feeding mode can be significantly reduced. The optimum employed feeding organic loading rate (OLR) is identified, and how to adjust the feeding scheme for flexible biogas production is also discussed. Finally, a simplified prediction model for flexible biogas production is proposed and verified by experimental data, which could be conveniently used for demand-oriented control. It is expected that this research could give some theoretical basis for the enhancement of biogas utilization efficiency, thus expanding the applications of bio-energy. View Full-Text
Keywords: flexible biogas production; co-digestion; food waste; sewage sludge; modeling flexible biogas production; co-digestion; food waste; sewage sludge; modeling
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Liu, Y.; Huang, T.; Li, X.; Huang, J.; Peng, D.; Maurer, C.; Kranert, M. Experiments and Modeling for Flexible Biogas Production by Co-Digestion of Food Waste and Sewage Sludge. Energies 2020, 13, 818.

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