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TitleAnaerobic biodegradation of oleate by a highly loaded biomass before and after degrading the associated substrate
Author(s)Salvador, Andreia Filipa Ferreira
Pereira, M. A.
Alves, M. M.
Inhibitory effect
Oleic acid
Issue date2007
CitationIWA WORLD CONGRESS ON ANAEROBIC DIGESTION, 11, Brisbane, Australia, 2007 – “11th IWA World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion : proceedings”. [S.l. : s.n., 2007].
Abstract(s)Oleic Acid (C18:1) is an unsaturated Long Chain Fatty Acid (LCFA), described as especially problematic in anaerobic digestion processes. In this work, a sludge heavily loaded with 5985 mgCOD.gVSˉ¹ was studied in terms of its capability to biodegrade oleic acid in batch assays, in concentrations ranging from 100 to 1500 mg.lˉ¹. Lag phases before the onset of methane production increased with the oleic acid concentration, up to 17 days for 1500 mg.lˉ¹and methane production did not exceed 50% recovery for the highest concentrations tested (1000 and 1500 mg.lˉ¹). After the mineralization of the biomass-associated substrate, and for the same concentration range, maximum lag phases of three days and methane recoveries up to 80% were obtained, evidencing an improving capacity of the sludge to biodegrade oleic acid. Also the specific methanogenic activity with acetate and H2/CO2 as individual substrates increased 3.6 and 2 times respectively, after the mineralization of the biomass associated substrate, confirming the reversibility of the inhibitory effect of LCFA, even when the sludge was heavily loaded with more than 5 g COD.gVSˉ¹.
TypeConference paper
AccessOpen access
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