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Novel Solutions in Modeling of Anaerobic Digestion Process - Two-Phase AD Models Development and Comparison

Karol Postawa
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Published Online: 2018-06-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijcre-2017-0139


This work focuses on Two Phase Anaerobic Digestion – a novel approach to split reactions’ chain in two separated tanks, each with specialized microbe community to achieve the best possible efficiency for each part of conversion. More specifically, the article tackle the topic of evaluation the possibility to adapt a mathematical model, previously dedicated for Autogenerative High Pressure Digestion (AHPD), to make use of it in simulation of Temperature Phased Anaerobic Digestion (TPAD) process. A comprehensive study of available solutions for biogas production simulation in conventional and TPAD configuration is additionally performed. Basing on its results, a reference model from literature, for comparison purpose is selected. Revisions and modifications, necessary to adjust previously developed model, to TPAD process, are described. Also, additional improvements like redesigned pH calculating algorithm is presented. Finally, the comparison between model predictions, a reference model and pilot-scale data is carried out. The results show that our current model needs further optimization, however even at this stage it provides acceptable results in short-range simulations (not longer than 42 days). Further works should focus on process stability improvement, especially in the thermophilic stage of biogas production. There's an opportunity for innovation as the research shows that requirement of accurate, large-scale optimized TPAD process model, is still not fulfilled.

Keywords: biogas; mathematical modelling; biomethane; two-phase; anaerobic digestion


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About the article

Received: 2017-07-13

Accepted: 2018-06-05

Revised: 2018-03-17

Published Online: 2018-06-14

Citation Information: International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering, Volume 16, Issue 8, 20170139, ISSN (Online) 1542-6580, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijcre-2017-0139.

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