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Performance of a commercial-scale DiCOM™ demonstration facility treating mixed municipal solid waste in comparison with laboratory-scale data

Walker, L., Cord-Ruwisch, R. and Sciberras, S. (2012) Performance of a commercial-scale DiCOM™ demonstration facility treating mixed municipal solid waste in comparison with laboratory-scale data. Bioresource Technology, 126 . pp. 404-411.

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Abstract

The current paper describes the performance of a commercial-scale (20,000 tpa) demonstration facility of the DiCOM™ process, a biological treatment for the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW). The 21-d process combines aerobic composting and high-solids (30% DM), thermophilic (55 °C) anaerobic digestion (AD), within a single vessel. Mechanically sorted OFMSW, derived from mixed household MSW (324 t), was exposed to sequential aerobic/anaerobic/aerobic treatment. The AD, initiated by adding anaerobic inoculum from a previous trial, was stable (without pH intervention) and the onset of methanogenesis, rapid (<3 h). Volatile fatty acids formed during AD (including propionate) were exhausted prior to reuse of the inoculum. As measured by an electron flux from solids to gaseous end-products, AD accounted for the greatest portion of solids degradation (86% = 160 m3 CH4/dry t OFMSW). However, unlike laboratory trials, limited degradation occurred during initial aerobic treatment. The discharged solids were classified as a composted soil conditioner.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Copyright: © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/10779
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