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TitleContinuous high rate anaerobic treatment of oleic acid based wastewater is possible after a step feeding start-up
Author(s)Cavaleiro, A. J.
Salvador, A. F.
Alves, J. I.
Alves, M. M.
Issue dateApr-2009
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Citation“Environmental Science and Technology”. ISSN 0013-936X. 43:8 (2009) 2931–2936.
Abstract(s)Mineralization of a synthetic effluent containing 50% COD as oleic acid was achieved in a continuous anaerobic reactor at organic loading rates up to 21 kg COD m−3 day−1, HRT of 9 h, attaining 99% of COD removal efficiency and a methane yield higher than 70%. A maximum specific methane production rate of 1170 ± 170 mg COD-CH4 g VS−1 day−1 was measured during the reactor’s operation. A start-up strategy combining feeding phases and batch degradation phases was applied to promote the development of an anaerobic community efficient for long chain fatty acids (LCFA) mineralization. Through the start-up period, the methane yield increased gradually from 67% to 91%, and LCFA accumulated onto the sludge only during the first 60 days of operation. For the first time, it is demonstrated that a step feeding start-up is required to produce a specialized and efficient anaerobic community for continuous high rate anaerobic treatment of LCFA-rich wastewater.
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