digester failure Articles

  • Reduced Emissions for Landfill Gas Installations

    The use of landfill gas as a source of renewable energy is increasing. For environmental and safety reasons, the owners of the waste storage sites have to strictly monitor and control the construction, operations, and emissions generated. Sulzer offers solutions to control these emissions within the limits given by the government. Landfill gas is similar to natural gas, but it is created by ...


    By Sulzer

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Industry Takes Shape: Why Digesters Make Dollar Sense Now

     THIRTY years ago, when I was a college student studying ways to convert manure to electricity, we speculated that the 1970s would be the decade of the innovators, the 1980s for the launch of operating projects, and the 1990s when the mainstream adopted the technology. Now I think our predictions for the mainstream were ten to 15 years premature — but it is happening! During the 1990s, the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • 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

  • Increasing biogas yield through addition of food waste

    1. Introduction The Moosburg wastewater treatment plant has one 634,008 gallons anaerobic digester, which was designed to process a maximum 23,775 gallons/day of activated sludge at 3.5% solids. The AD is currently processing 17,170 gallons/day of sludge and producing 39decatherms/day of energy from biogas. The operators would like to better utilize their anaerobic ...


    By Yield Energy Inc.

  • 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 ...


  • Report: algae-based biofuels to reach 61 million gallons by 2020

    Despite a series of stumbles and changed directions along the road to commercialization, the market for algae-based biofuels will take advantage of strong underlying drivers to reach 61 million gallons per year by 2020, according to a recent report by Pike Research (Boulder, CO). The inevitable resurgence of oil prices, volatility in the energy markets, and expansion of climate change ...

  • Rendering facility case study

    The Problem: The Rendering Facility had experienced a catastrophic failure of an RBC system due a rotating assembly bearing and shaft failure. As a result, the existing lagoons became overloaded with ammonia from the anaerobic digestion process. The Solution: BioprocessH2O was selected to provide a bioFAS Moving Bed Biofilm ...


    By BioprocessH2O

  • 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.

  • Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts: Siloxane Removal

    Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts have long been involved with recovering landfill and digester gas for energy to power turbines and internal combustion engines. Their experience led them to identify performance issues associated with these gases. One particular challenge is siloxanes. Cyclic organic silicon monomers (siloxanes) used in the manufacture of personal hygiene, health care and ...


    By Pioneer Air Systems

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