Project #4892

Quality of Biogas Derived from Wastewater Solids and Co-Digested Organic Wastes: A Characterization Study

$149,691
In Progress
Principal Investigator
Ganesh
Rajagopalan
Research Manager
Mr. Ashwin Dhanasekar
Contractor
Kennedy/Jenks Consultants
Energy Optimization
Resource Recovery
Anaerobic Digestion
Fats, Oils & Grease (FOG)
Treatment

Abstract

Co-digestion allows utilities to beneficially reuse organic matter and produce renewable energy. However, adding organic matter can result in unintended consequences to facility operation, such as digester foaming, sludge dewaterability, and odor. This project will develop the scientific information needed to more accurately estimate emissions from anaerobic digesters that practice co-digestion, understand conditioning/pretreatment of raw biogas, and support the air quality permitting process for co-digestion. A predictive model will be created to relate organic waste and feed sludge characteristics to biogas quality.

Originally funded as WERF project ENER1721.