digester failure Articles

  • Anaerobic Co-Digestion of a Single Source Oily Waste and High Strength Pet Food Wastewater: A Study of Failure and Revival of a Full Scale Digester

    ABSTRACTThis paper focuses on the revival of a formerly failed digester of 1800 m3 volume. The most obvious cause of failure was identified to be due to capping caused by foam and scum, as result of attempting to treat oil rich, high strength wastewater. The revival was affected by implementing co-digestion in a 3-step remedial procedure. Though in the typical sense, codigestion involves separate ...

  • Bio-fuels- Anaerobic digestion

    Anaerobic digestion is a series of processes in which micro organisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. It is widely used to treat wastewater sludges and organic (agricultural) wastes.  As part of an integrated waste management system, anaerobic digestion reduces the emission of gas into the atmosphere. Anaerobic digestion is a renewable energy source because the ...


    By Triangle Ltd

  • Methods of ammonia removal in anaerobic digestion: a review

    The anaerobic digestion of substrates with high ammonia content has always been a bottleneck in the methanisation process of biomasses. Since microbial communities in anaerobic digesters are sensitive to free ammonia at certain conditions, the digestion of nitrogen-rich substrates such as livestock wastes may result in inhibition/toxicity eventually leading to process failures, unless ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Toronto moves forward with anaerobic digestion of residential SSO

    In June 2007, Toronto's City Council approved the “Target 70” plan to achieve 70 percent diversion by 2010. Target 70 includes construction of two, 55,000 metric tons/year anaerobic digestion plants to process residential source separated organics (SSO). City Council says that the digester facilities, along with adoption of single stream recycling and a pay-as-you-throw funding system, will ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Installation of Radar Level Instruments in Anaerobic Digesters

    ABSTRACTThere are numerous well-proven options available for level determination instrumentation. Instrumenting treatment processes present some unique challenges. Some of these include the ability for wastewater or residuals to clog and blind instruments. Level determination in an anaerobic digester presents these problems as well as others including foaming, surface agitation, and operation in ...

  • Model assisted startup of anaerobic digesters fed with thermally hydrolysed activated sludge

    This paper presents the use of the IWA ADM1 to predict and interpret results from two full-scale anaerobic digesters fed with thermal hyrolysate (waste activated sludge with a long upstream sludge age) from a Cambi hydrolysis process operating at 165°C and 6 bar-g. The first digester was fed conventionally—though intermittently, while the second was heavily diluted through a substantial component ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Manure Spills: Prevention, Detection, Control Options, & the Role of Anaerobic Digesters

    An internet search for manure-related spills can lead to an exhausting list of news articles and images of catastrophic environmental damage. In Wisconsin alone, the ...


    By BIOFerm™ Energy Systems

  • A Reinvigorated Approach to Operational Safety in the Design of a New Digestion System for Spokane, Washington

    ABSTRACTThe failure of Digester No. 3 at the Riverside Park Water Reclamation Facility (RPWRF) in Spokane, Washington triggered a host of changes to many aspects of project implementation, as well as daily operation. Planning, design, construction and startup of  improvements now emphasize improved communication and collaboration between the design team and plant staff, as well as a ...

  • Manure Spills: Prevention, Detection, Control Options, and the Role of Anaerobic Digesters

    Manure Spills: Prevention, Detection, Control Options, and the Role of Anaerobic Digesters FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE By Steven Sell, Biologist & Application Engineer Wednesdays August 27, 2014 ...


    By BIOFerm™ Energy Systems

  • Methane conversion efficiency as a simple control parameter for an anaerobic digester at high loading rates

    The anaerobic digestion process is globally applied to the treatment of highly concentrated wastes such as industrial and rural effluents, and sewage sludge. However, it is known to be relatively unstable. When loaded with high concentrations of organic material, unwanted volatile fatty acids (VFA) are often produced rather than methane (CH4) gas which can lead to digester acidification and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • ABS Innate Microbial Enhancer

    Anaerobic digestion facilities is recognized by the United Nations Development Program as one of the most useful decentralized sources of energy supply, as they are less capital intensive than large power-plants. The technical expertise required to maintain anaerobic digesters coupled with high equipment cost lower process efficiencies have so far limited the level of its industrial application ...

  • Improved methane production from waste activated sludge with low organic content by alkaline pretreatment at pH 10

    Sludge with low organic content always results in an unsatisfactory performance, even failure of anaerobic digestion. The alkaline pretreatment effect on anaerobic digestion of sludge with low organic content has seldom been studied although it gives many benefits for sludge with high organic content. In this study the influence of alkaline pretreatment (pH 10, an effective alkaline pH) on the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Latest analytical technology ensures biogas efficiency

    Anaerobic Digestion (AD) relies on the ability of specific micro-organisms to convert organic material into a gas that can be used to generate electricity. However, these bacteria require specific conditions if they are to function effectively and instrumentation specialist company HACH LANGE has developed a range of online, portable and laboratory instruments that have enabled a large number of ...


  • Cleveland biotech steps in to clear drains and supermarket name case study

    After a leading supermarket chain was fined £13,500 for contaminating a public sewer with fat from a rotisserie chicken cooking area, it turned to Cleveland Biotech to ensure the problem never arises again. Following an investigation and subsequent prosecution by Northumbrian Water the supermarket wasted no time in contacting Cleveland Biotech, a specialist in providing natural solutions to ...


    By Cleveland Biotech Ltd.

  • Cbio steps in to clear drains and supermarket name case study

    After a leading supermarket chain was fined £13,500 for contaminating a public sewer with fat from a rotisserie chicken cooking area, it turned to Cleveland Biotech to ensure the problem never arises again. Following an investigation and subsequent prosecution by Northumbrian Water the supermarket wasted no time in contacting Cleveland Biotech, a specialist in providing natural solutions to ...


    By Cleveland Biotech Ltd.

  • The Right Forces · Producing Power from Recycled Organics

    FOR the more than 200 persons attending the BioCycle “Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling” Conference held October 29-31 in Des Moines, Iowa, there was a sense they were part of “a profound revolution that is developing in our entire energy system.” The sessions revealed how timing, commercial systems, our nation’s priorities and research knowledge have coalesced. Recovery of biomass — ...


  • Unmanned remote and wireless CDM monitoring case study

    Remote and wireless monitoring technology to meet CDM requirements is in its infancy in Europe. Carbon trading is driving it globally, especially in North and South America. That experience and technology is now finding a demand in Europe and Asia in landfill, biogas from food and animal waste in digesters and water treatment sludge digestion. Methane recovery from landfill and anaerobic ...

  • EU working to end food waste

    With food waste across Europe reaching almost 88 million tons each year, at a cost of 143 billion euros, legislators are keen to put an end to such losses and waste. The European Commission has launched the European Union Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste to tackle these issues; the first meeting was on November 29, 2016. Vytenis Andriukaitis, the Lithuanian commissioner for health and ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Innovation and efficiency at the forefront of long-standing partnership

    Wiltshire-based Malaby Biogas operates one of the few independent anaerobic digestion (AD) plants in the UK, specialising in the diversion of food waste from landfill. Its Bore Hill Farm Biodigester provides a combined waste disposal and energy generation solution in one safe, clean and highly-efficient process and the facility has gained a wide-ranging ...

  • Dogs put trust in onsite sewage treatment

    One of the obvious challenges of running Dogs Trust rehoming centres is the need to dispose of a significant quantity of hazardous waste. All locations not connected to mains drainage have to be served by reliable on site treatment systems and on completion of the latest installation at Salisbury a total of five WPL systems will be in operation around the UK. The charity cares for some 16,000 ...


    By WPL Ltd

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