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Comparison of the effects of microwave irradiation with different intensities on the biodegradability of sludge from the dairy- and meat-industry.
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PMID:  20864337     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Microwave (MW) irradiation is a relatively new possibility of conditioning and pretreating for wastewater sludge. Following its application in the telecommunications and food-industries, the environmental use of this technique has come into the limelight in recent years, and has become increasingly popular. Various publications have dealt with the examination of the effects of MW irradiation in municipal sludge-handling processes. We focused on the effects of MW irradiation at different power levels on solubilization (sCOD/tCOD), biodegradation and anaerobic digestion of sludge from the food-industry. For evaluating the efficiency of MW pre-treatment, the changes in the soluble fraction of the organic matter, the VS/TS ratio, the biogas yield, the methane content in the biogas, and the rate of batch mesophilic digestion were used as control parameters. Additionally, the energetic efficiency of MW pre-treatment was also examined. The results were compared with those of conventional heat (CH) treatments of the same sludge. The MW treatment proved to increase both the sCOD/tCOD and the VS/TS ratio. Furthermore, the biogas and methane yields increased during the digestion of the MW-pretreated food-industry sludge. A higher MW power level generally enhanced the biogas and methane production. Energetically, the most economic pre-treatment of sludge from dairy and meat processing was at a power level of 1.5 Wg(-1) and 2.5 Wg(-1) MW respectively; the surplus energy content of the enhanced biogas product could not compensate the extra energy demand of the stronger MW pre-treatments.
Sándor Beszédes; Zsuzsanna László; Zsuzsanna H Horváth; Gábor Szabó; Cecilia Hodúr
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-09-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Bioresource technology     Volume:  102     ISSN:  1873-2976     ISO Abbreviation:  Bioresour. Technol.     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9889523     Medline TA:  Bioresour Technol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  814-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
University of Szeged Faculty of Engineering, Department of Process Engineering, Mars tér 7, H-6724 Szeged, Hungary.
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