E3S Web Conf.
Volume 293, 20212021 3rd Global Conference on Ecological Environment and Civil Engineering (GCEECE 2021)
|Number of page(s)
|Sustainable Resource Development and Green Energy Saving
|23 July 2021
Enhanced syntrophic propionate degradation and methane production by granular activated carbon in AnSBR
School of Environment, State Key Laboratory of Urban Water Resource and Environment, Harbin Institute of Technology, 73 Huanghe Road, Harbin 150090, China
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Syntrophic degradation of propionate has been regarded as a limiting factor for methane formation in anaerobic digestion (AD) processes, due to its easier production but harder degradation than other volatile fatty acids. In the present study, 20 g/L granular activated carbon (GAC) was introduced into an anaerobic sequence batch reactor (AnSBR) and the enhancement of propionate degradation and methane production was evaluated with another AnSBR without GAC as a control. Inoculated with the same excess activated sludge, both AnSBRs were synchronously started up at 35 °C with the fed propionate increased gradually from the initial 340 mg/L to the final 1700 mg/L. The results showed that the introduction of GAC made the AnSBR get steady state 6 days earlier. With the fed propionate of about 1700 mg/L in the steady state, the average specific methane production and biomass was enhanced from 0.20 to 0.25 L/L·d, and 7.72 to7.96 g/L, respectively, by the introduced GAC. The results suggested that the GAC had functioned in stimulating microbial growth and enhancing direct interspecies electron transfer between hydrogen-producing acetogens and methanogens, which had resulted in the enhanced propionate degradation and methane production.
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