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Anaerobic Slurry Co-Digestion of Poultry Manure and Straw: Effect of Organic Loading and Temperature

Author(s): Azadeh Babaee | Jalal Shayegan | Anis Roshani

Journal: Iranian Journal of Environmental Health Science & Engineering
ISSN 1735-1979

Volume: 11;
Issue: 7;
Start page: 15;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Anaerobic Digestion | Poultry Manure | Wheat Straw | Biogas | Yield

In order to obtain basic design criteria for anaerobic digestion of a mixture of poultry manure and wheat straw, the effects of different temperatures and organic loading rates on the biogas yield and methane contents were evaluated. Since poultry manure is a poor substrate, in term of the availability of the nutrients, external supplementation of carbon has to be regularly performed, in order to achieve a stable and efficient process. The complete-mix, pilot-scale digester with working volume of 70 L was used. The digestion operated at 25[degree sign]C, 30[degree sign]C and 35[degree sign]C with organic loading rates of 1.0, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 kg Volatile solid/m3d and a HRT of 15 days. At a temperature of 35[degree sign]C, the methane yield was increased by 43% compared to 25[degree sign]C. Anaerobic co-digestion appeared feasible with a loading rate of 3.0 kg VS/m3d at 35[degree sign]C. At this state, the specific methane yield was calculated about 0.12 m3/kg VS with a methane content of 53--70.2% in the biogas. The volatile solid (VS) removal was 72%. As a result of volatile fatty acid accumulation and decrease in pH, when the loading rate was less than 1 or greater than 4 kg VS/m3d, the process was inhibited or overloaded, respectively. Both the lower and higher loading rates resulted in a decline in the methane yield.
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