Effect of process parameters on greenhouse gas generation by wastewater treatment plants.

Abstract

The effect of key process parameters on greenhouse gas (GHG) emission by wastewater treatment plants was evaluated, and the governing parameters that exhibited major effects on the overall on- and off-site GHG emissions were identified. This evaluation used aerobic, anaerobic, and hybrid anaerobic/aerobic treatment systems with food processing industry wastewater. The operating temperature of anaerobic sludge digester was identified to have the highest effect on GHG generation in the aerobic treatment system. The total GHG emissions of 2694 kg CO2e/d were increased by 72.5% with the increase of anaerobic sludge digester temperature from 20 to 40 degrees C. The operating temperature of the anaerobic reactor was the dominant controlling parameter in the anaerobic and hybrid treatment systems. Raising the anaerobic reactor's temperature from 25 to 40 degrees C increased the total GHG emissions from 5822 and 6617 kg CO2e/d by 105.6 and 96.5% in the anaerobic and hybrid treatment systems, respectively.

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@article{Yerushalmi2011EffectOP, title={Effect of process parameters on greenhouse gas generation by wastewater treatment plants.}, author={Laleh Yerushalmi and Maziar Bani Shahabadi and Fariborz Haghighat}, journal={Water environment research : a research publication of the Water Environment Federation}, year={2011}, volume={83 5}, pages={440-9} }