Process monitoring and control for an anaerobic covered lagoon treating abattoir wastewater

Schmidt, Thomas and McCabe, Bernadette and Harris, Peter (2018) Process monitoring and control for an anaerobic covered lagoon treating abattoir wastewater. Chemical Engineering Technology, 41 (4). pp. 755-760. ISSN 0930-7516


This study presents results from lab-scale studies and highlights issues related to process monitoring equipment and analytical methods at the field scale. This includes the evaluation of data from on-site online sensors and sample analyses as well as results from discontinuous and continuous digestion tests in a biogas laboratory. The results demonstrate the influence of the organic loading and wastewater composition on process stability, sludge activity, and biogas production. Key recommendations for plant operation include the avoidance of strong fluctuations in input volume and concentration, to ensure good functioning of online sensors, and to adapt the management of the different wastewater streams according to their characteristics.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2018 05:46
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2018 04:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: biogas, methane, sludge activity, wastewater mapping
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090703 Environmental Technologies
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850501 Biofuel (Biomass) Energy
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1002/ceat.201700391

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