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Anaerobic digestion foaming causes – A review

By Nafsika Ganidi, Sean F. Tyrrel and Elise Cartmell


Anaerobic digestion foaming has been encountered in several sewage treatment plants in the UK. Foaming has raised major concerns for the water companies due to significant impacts on process efficiency and operational costs. Several foaming causes have been identified over the past few years by researchers. However, the supporting experimental information is limited and in some cases absent. The present report aims to provide a detailed review of the current anaerobic digestion foaming problem and to identify gaps in knowledge regarding the theory of foam formation in anaerobic digesters

Topics: Anaerobic digestion, Foaming, Sludge
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.biortech.2009.06.024
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Provided by: Cranfield CERES

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