anaerobic digestion foaming Articles

  • Comparison of microbial activity in anaerobic and microaerobic digesters

    Microaerobic alternative of anaerobic digestion offers many advantages especially when sulfide concentration in the digester is high. For better understanding of the microaerobic technology more detailed characterization of biomass activity is needed. Two equal digesters were operated under the same condition except of microaeration in one of them. During long term operation of anaerobic and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Anaerobic digestion foaming in full-scale biogas plants: a survey on causes and solutions

    Anaerobic digestion foaming is a common operation problem in biogas plants with negative impacts on the biogas plants economy and environment. A survey of 16 Danish full-scale biogas plants on foaming problems revealed that most of them had experienced foaming in their processes up to three times per year. Foaming incidents often lasted from one day to three weeks, causing 20–50% ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Design and Operational Considerations to Avoid Excessive Anaerobic Digester Foaming

    Excessive foaming in anaerobic digesters has been a problem for many years. All anaerobic digesters will foam to some extent, but excessive foam can be problematic. Excessive foaming is defined as foam that interferes with flow through the gas piping system and/or is not contained within the digester. Causes of foaming include presence of excessive filamentous bacteria, extreme amounts of oils ...

  • A novel technique for evaluating foam dynamics in anaerobic digesters

    Foaming in anaerobic digesters has severe impacts on process efficiency and operational costs. In this study, we present an experimental method to determine foam behaviour and stability for various foaming solutions. This novel technique measured foam conductivity at different heights along a foam column allowing changes in foam composition to be monitored in time. We analysed foam stability ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Foaming during anaerobic digestion: Causes and Solutions

    Foaming during sludge treatment has traditionally been associated with activated sludge systems which have been victim to this phenomenon for several decades. However, foaming has been documented in anaerobic digestion plants, leading, fundamentally, to a reduction in digester capacity and an increase in operational expenditure. The requirements for foaming of: surface active agents, gaseous ...


    By United Utilities

  • Advances in Thermophilic Anaerobic Digestion

    ABSTRACTSignificant advances have been made in the knowledge base and practical options for improving thermophilic anaerobic digestion over the past 10 to 15 years. Today, more options exist that promise to enhance the degree of stabilization achieved and finished product quality in new and retrofitted existing processes. In parallel, the body of knowledge regarding pathogen inactivation in these ...

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