Anaerobic treatability and residual biogas potential of the effluent stream of anaerobic digestion processes

Ugudur N., Demirer G. N.

WATER ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH, vol.91, no.3, pp.259-268, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 91 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/wer.1048
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.259-268
  • Keywords: anaerobic, digestate, residual biogas, treatment, DAIRY MANURE, CO-DIGESTION, INHIBITION, EFFICIENCY, RECOVERY, FRACTION, WASTE, BMP
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Although anaerobic digestion is a well-established technology, the treatment and disposal of the digestate still presents a challenge due to lack of viable methods for processing. The residual organic matter in digestates also creates a significant residual biogas potential. This fact indicates that the digestates need further processing not only to reduce their organic content for disposal, but also to capture the biogas associated with this residual organic content. This study investigated anaerobic treatment and residual biogas potential of digestates obtained from five full-scale farm-based digesters. The results indicated that it was possible to reduce the total chemical oxygen demand (CODt) of the digestates with an efficiency of 21%-84%. The corresponding biogas yields of digestates ranged between 0.078 and 0.326 L-biogas/g VSadded. This level of biogas production is comparable to the biogas production potential of several commonly used raw substrates.(C) 2019 Water Environment Federation