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Title: Long-term operation of a pilot-scale anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) treating high salinity low loaded municipal wastewater in real environment
Authors: Foglia, A
Akyol, Ç
Frison, N
Katsou, E
Eusebi, AL
Fatone, F
Keywords: AnMBR;membrane fouling;municipal wastewater;fermentation;salinity;cellulosic sludge
Issue Date: 4-Nov-2019
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Foglia, A. et al. (2020) 'Long-term operation of a pilot-scale anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) treating high salinity low loaded municipal wastewater in real environment', Separation and Purification Technology, 236. 116279, pp. 1 - 11. doi: 10.1016/j.seppur.2019.116279.
Abstract: Long term operation of an anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) treating municipal wastewater was investigated in a real seawater intrusion spot in Falconara Marittima (Central Italy) on the Adriatic coastline. Changes in biological conversion and system stability were determined with respect to varying organic loading rate (OLR) and high salinity conditions. At an OLR of 1 kg COD m3−1 d−1, biogas production was around 0.39 ± 0.2 L d−1. The increase of the OLR to 2 kg COD m3−1 d−1 resulted in increase of biogas production to 2.8 ± 1.5 L d−1 (with 33.6% ± 10.5% of CH4) with methanol addition and to 4.11 ± 3.1 L d−1 (with 29.7% ± 11.8% of CH4) with fermented cellulosic sludge addition. COD removal by the AnMBR was 83% ± 1% when the effluent COD concentration was below 100 mg O2 L−1. The addition of the fermented sludge affected the membrane operation and significant fouling occurred after long-term filtration, where the trans-membrane pressure (TMP) reached up to 500 mbar. Citric acid solution was applied to remove scalants and the TMP reached the initial value. High saline conditions of 1500 mgCl− L−1 adversely affected the biogas production without deteriorating the membrane operation. The treated effluent met the EU quality standards of the D.M. 185/2003 and the new European Commission Resolution for reuse in agriculture.
Description: Supplementary material is available online at .
ISSN: 1383-5866
Other Identifiers: ORCID iD: Evina Katsou
Appears in Collections:Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering Research Papers

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