Two-stage anaerobic digestion of biodegradable municipal solid waste using a rotating drum mesh filter bioreactor and anaerobic filter

M Walker, CJ Banks, S Heaven

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A rotating drum mesh filter bioreactor (RDMFBR) with a 100 μm mesh coupled to an anaerobic filter was used for the anaerobic digestion of biodegradable municipal solid waste (BMW). Duplicate systems were operated for 72 days at an organic loading rate (OLR) of 7.5 gVS l−1 d−1. Early in the experiment most of the methane was produced in the 2nd stage. This situation gradually reversed as methanogenesis became established in the 1st stage digester, which eventually produced 86–87% of the total system methane. The total methane production was 0.2 l g−1 VSadded with 60–62% volatile solids destruction. No fouling was experienced during the experiment at a transmembrane flux rate of 3.5 l m−2 h−1. The system proved to be robust and stably adjusted to a shock loading increase to 15 gVS l−1 d−1, although this reduced the overall methane production to 0.15 l g−1 VSadded.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4121-4126
Number of pages6
JournalBioresource Technology
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2009



  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Biodegradable municipal waste
  • Membrane
  • Mesh
  • Two-stage

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