Volatile fatty acid (VFA) production from sewage sludge has become one of the main biotechnologies implemented in view of the circular economy application in wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) management. In this study, domestic sewage sludge collected from three WWTPs over two-year experiments was subjected to acidogenic fermentation. The fermented liquid was recovered through an ultrafiltration membrane. The membrane fouling was analysed in detail by applying the resistance in series model, revealing the major role of the extra polymeric substances in the reversible fouling, accounting for 91.2 % of the total resistance. Finally, the major contribution of the carbon footprint assessment was due to the indirect emissions (1.30 kg CO2eq/m3). The study has the novelty of providing an in-depth understanding of MBR membrane fouling used for solid/liquid separation in a plant aimed at VFA recovery from sewage sludge acidogenic fermentation. Also, the carbon footprint assessment provides insights regarding the environmental impact of VFA recovery through ultrafiltration membrane.

Mineo, A., Cosenza, A., Ng, H.Y., Mannina, G. (2024). Volatile fatty acids from sewage sludge by anaerobic membrane bioreactors: Lesson learned from two-year experiments with fouling analysis by the resistance in series model. RESULTS IN ENGINEERING, 21 [10.1016/j.rineng.2024.101839].

Volatile fatty acids from sewage sludge by anaerobic membrane bioreactors: Lesson learned from two-year experiments with fouling analysis by the resistance in series model

Mineo, Antonio
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Cosenza, Alida;Mannina, Giorgio
2024-03-01

Abstract

Volatile fatty acid (VFA) production from sewage sludge has become one of the main biotechnologies implemented in view of the circular economy application in wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) management. In this study, domestic sewage sludge collected from three WWTPs over two-year experiments was subjected to acidogenic fermentation. The fermented liquid was recovered through an ultrafiltration membrane. The membrane fouling was analysed in detail by applying the resistance in series model, revealing the major role of the extra polymeric substances in the reversible fouling, accounting for 91.2 % of the total resistance. Finally, the major contribution of the carbon footprint assessment was due to the indirect emissions (1.30 kg CO2eq/m3). The study has the novelty of providing an in-depth understanding of MBR membrane fouling used for solid/liquid separation in a plant aimed at VFA recovery from sewage sludge acidogenic fermentation. Also, the carbon footprint assessment provides insights regarding the environmental impact of VFA recovery through ultrafiltration membrane.
mar-2024
Settore ICAR/03 - Ingegneria Sanitaria-Ambientale
Mineo, A., Cosenza, A., Ng, H.Y., Mannina, G. (2024). Volatile fatty acids from sewage sludge by anaerobic membrane bioreactors: Lesson learned from two-year experiments with fouling analysis by the resistance in series model. RESULTS IN ENGINEERING, 21 [10.1016/j.rineng.2024.101839].
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