Special Issue "Biomethane Potential Tests—A Key Tool for Anaerobic Digestion Research and Practice"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2020).
Interests: improvement of anaerobic digestion; process control and modelling; development and evaluation of measurement methods; critical assessment and enhancement of guidelines
Interests: modeling environmental processes; data analysis; laboratory methods; biological treatment; biogas; ammonia and greenhouse gas emission
Interests: biological wastewater treatment; enhanced biological phosphorous removal; microbial ecology of aerobic granular sludge; standardization of biomethane potential tests
Biochemical methane potential (BMP) tests are routinely conducted as part of anaerobic digestion research and practice in order to quantify the maximum methane yield that a substrate can provide. The first BMP method was described 40 years ago, and many variations have since been proposed. Despite its widespread use and importance to both research labs and plant operators, BMP measurement suffers from high variability among laboratories, significantly limiting its value in both areas. How can BMP measurement be improved? Can we get more out of BMP trials? Standardization of methods may help in reducing both systematic and random error. Development of validation criteria could help technicians to reject flawed results and identify sources of error. Examination of kinetic data from BMP tests might help further to evaluate data quality with little additional effort.
This Special Issue of Water will focus on recent developments in BMP measurement and application of BMP tests in research and practice. We are primarily interested in contributions on these topics:
- Critical review of the current state-of-the-art;
- Improvement of existing BMP guidelines;
- Comparison of BMP methods and identification of problems;
- New methods for the determination of BMP;
- Inter-laboratory studies;
- Use and limitations of BMP tests;
- Kinetics from BMP tests;
- Case studies/application of BMP tests in research and practice.
The open-access journal Water provides an ideal forum for papers on this topic that are relevant to all biogas research groups and treatment plant operators. We are looking forward to receiving high-quality manuscripts from the global biogas community. Please contact us with any questions.
Prof. Dr. Konrad Koch
Prof. Dr. Sasha D. Hafner
Prof. Dr. Christof Holliger
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Anaerobic digestion
- Biogas technology
- Biochemical methane potential (BMP) tests
- Laboratory methods
- Standardization of BMP tests
- Modeling of kinetics