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Effect of aerobic pretreatment on anaerobic digestion of olive mill wastewater (OMWW): An ecoefficient treatment

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Effect of aerobic pretreatment on anaerobic digestion of olive mill wastewater (OMWW): An ecoefficient treatment
Abstract

•An economically profitable biological treatment for OMWW is proposed.•Efficiency of aeration to reduce polyphenols concentration is demonstrated.•The influence of the aeration time in anaerobic digestion has been analyzed.•OMWW without pretreatment cannot be treated by anaerobic digestion.•Anaerobic digestion of OMWW aerated allows to increase methane yield.

Anaerobic digestion experiments of olive mill wastewater (OMWW) without pretreatment were carried out and signs of inhibition in the biological process were observed after a time equal to 1.5 times the Hydraulic Residence Time (HRT) due to the presence of a high inhibitors concentration in OMWW. Based on these findings, OMWW was subjected to an aerobic pretreatment in order to reduce the concentration of phenolic compounds and decrease Total Chemical Oxygen Demand (TCOD), achieving a reduction of 78% and 90% of the initial polyphenols concentration and 18% and 21% TCOD reduction when the substrate was aerated for 5 and 7 days respectively.Finally, anaerobic digestion experiments using OMWW aerated for 5 and 7 days as substrate were conducted to determine the influence of aeration time on methane yields and TCOD reduction. The results yield 5 days as the aeration time that achieves best results, given that this stabilizes the anaerobic process, can reduce the TCOD by 65% and generates almost 0.39 m3 methane/kg removed TCOD.Anaerobic digestion of OMWW will be economically feasible if the waste is pretreated by aerobic digestion, since the period of return of investment obtained under these conditions does not exceed 6 years.

Keywords
Aerobic pretreatment; Anaerobic digestion; Olive mill wastewater; Economic viability; Polyphenols inhibition; Methane yield
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Food and Bioproducts Processing - Volume 95, July 2015, Pages 339–345
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering
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