Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a low-cost technology widely used to divert waste activated sludge (WAS) to renewable energy production, but is generally restricted by its poor biodegradability which mainly caused by the endogenous and exogenous refractory substances present in WAS. Several conventional methods such as thermal-, chemical-, and mechanical-based pretreatment have been demonstrated to be effective on organics release, but their functions on refractory substances conversion are overlooked. This paper firstly reviewed the presence and role of endogenous and exogenous refractory substances in anaerobic biodegradability of WAS, especially on their inhibition mechanisms. Then, the pretreatment strategies developed for enhancing WAS biodegradability by facilitating refractory substances conversion were comprehensively reviewed, with the conversion pathways and underlying mechanisms being emphasized. Finally, the future research needs were directed, which are supposed to improve the circular bioeconomy of WAS management from the point of removing the hindering barrier of refractory substances on WAS biodegradability.

Liu X., Wang D., Chen Z., Wei W., Mannina G., Ni B.-J. (2022). Advances in pretreatment strategies to enhance the biodegradability of waste activated sludge for the conversion of refractory substances [10.1016/j.biortech.2022.127804].

Advances in pretreatment strategies to enhance the biodegradability of waste activated sludge for the conversion of refractory substances

Mannina G.;
2022-10-01

Abstract

Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a low-cost technology widely used to divert waste activated sludge (WAS) to renewable energy production, but is generally restricted by its poor biodegradability which mainly caused by the endogenous and exogenous refractory substances present in WAS. Several conventional methods such as thermal-, chemical-, and mechanical-based pretreatment have been demonstrated to be effective on organics release, but their functions on refractory substances conversion are overlooked. This paper firstly reviewed the presence and role of endogenous and exogenous refractory substances in anaerobic biodegradability of WAS, especially on their inhibition mechanisms. Then, the pretreatment strategies developed for enhancing WAS biodegradability by facilitating refractory substances conversion were comprehensively reviewed, with the conversion pathways and underlying mechanisms being emphasized. Finally, the future research needs were directed, which are supposed to improve the circular bioeconomy of WAS management from the point of removing the hindering barrier of refractory substances on WAS biodegradability.
ott-2022
Settore ICAR/03 - Ingegneria Sanitaria-Ambientale
Liu X., Wang D., Chen Z., Wei W., Mannina G., Ni B.-J. (2022). Advances in pretreatment strategies to enhance the biodegradability of waste activated sludge for the conversion of refractory substances [10.1016/j.biortech.2022.127804].
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