Anaerobic Digestion technologies for the treatment of Municipal Solid Waste
by Joshua L. Rapport; Ruihong Zhang; Robert B. Williams; Bryan M. Jenkins
International Journal of Environment and Waste Management (IJEWM), Vol. 9, No. 1/2, 2012

Abstract: Anaerobic Digestion (AD) of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) is used in several regions worldwide and systems span a range of design options including wet, dry, thermophilic, mesophilic, batch, continuous, single-stage, and multi-stage configurations. This paper reviews a number of commercial and emerging solid waste digestion systems discussing performance and costs. Systems yield 250–710 m³ of biogas per tonne of VS at rates of 1–6 m³/m³/d with methane content of 55–65%, depending on MSW composition. Economies of scale have been shown for system costs. Economic viability depends heavily on capital and operating costs, tipping fees and product/co-product revenues.

Online publication date: Sat, 13-Dec-2014

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