Enhanced methane bioenergy recovery at Australian piggeries through anaerobic co-digestion: Project 4C-113

Tait, Stephan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0816-8911 and Astals, Sergi and Batstone, Damien and Jensen, Paul (2018) Enhanced methane bioenergy recovery at Australian piggeries through anaerobic co-digestion: Project 4C-113. Project Report. Pork CRC , Australia. [Report]


This project was a collaboration between the Pork CRC, Australian Meat Processor Corporation, Queensland Urban Utilities, Melbourne Water Corporation and The University of Queensland. The focus was on anaerobic co-digestion, a method by which the economics of biogas projects are improved by boosting methane production. Co-digestion involves the simultaneous anaerobic digestion of two or more wastes. At a piggery, other wastes (termed co-substrates) might be added together with pig manure (termed base substrate) into a covered pond or digester to boost methane production. Gate fees charged for receiving/treating wastes may provide additional revenue. Of key concern is the microbial health of a digester or covered pond when co-digesting. Poor digestion performance can limit methane production, cause odour, and increase residues to post-handle and dispose of. To prevent unhealthy digesters or covered ponds, safe volumetric and organic loading limits should not be exceeded. Of key concern was a current poor knowledge of the impacts of waste mixture composition and operating temperature on co-digestion loading capacity. To address this, the project was structured into two sub-projects. Sub-project 1 conducted fundamental laboratory studies via two PhD projects (1A and 1B), and Sub-project 2 validated the laboratory results by testing various industrial wastes and monitoring co-digestion trials at full-scale.

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Item Type: Report (Project Report)
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Additional Information: Final report prepared for the Cooperative Research Centre for High Integrity Australian Pork.
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Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2022 23:22
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2022 05:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: anaerobic co-digestion; piggeries
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090703 Environmental Technologies
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4011 Environmental engineering > 401106 Waste management, reduction, reuse and recycling
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/46160

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