Food Waste Co-Digestion with Microwave Pre-Treated Sewage Sludge to Enhance Biogas Production Through Anaerobic Digestion

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Abstract

Malaysia has been experiencing rapid growth in population, massive development in industrialization and urbanization. It has resulted in the generation of a greater amount of wastes. Usually, the solid wastes are disposed at landfills, which are mostly saturated and overloaded with solid wastes, but, due to the scarcity of land and public complaints, making the building of new landfill almost impossible, hence the disposal of MSW is one of the major environmental issues faced by the country. Meanwhile, in the sewerage industry, sludge that is high in embedded energy is generated and it can be used to produce methane through anaerobic digestion especially in the modern mechanized sewage treatment plant (STP). However, the secondary thickened sludge (STS) is a poor substrate for anaerobic digestion. Studies have shown that the digestibility of STS can be improved my pre-treatment methods such as microwave pre-treatment prior to the anaerobic digestion. Besides that, co-digestion is an effective way to overcome the low biodegradability of STS which also promotes an environmentally and an ecologically friendly way to dispose of the food wastes. Also, it can be used to produce renewable energy which could reduce the dependency on fossil fuel for power generation. Moreover, it also can deliver beneficial synergies for the sewage industry and the MSW industry. This work elucidates the preliminary investigation of the potentials of co-digestion of microwave pre-treated STS and food waste and its effect on biodegradability and methane yield, which proposes a sustainable management of solid waste generated in urban areas while harnessing the resources to generate green electricity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 International Conference on Green Energy for Sustainable Development, ICUE 2018
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9789748257990
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 05 Feb 2019
Event2018 International Conference on Green Energy for Sustainable Development, ICUE 2018 - Karon, Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 24 Oct 201826 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Conference on the Industrial and Commercial Use of Energy, ICUE
Volume2018-October
ISSN (Print)2166-0581
ISSN (Electronic)2166-059X

Conference

Conference2018 International Conference on Green Energy for Sustainable Development, ICUE 2018
CountryThailand
CityKaron, Phuket
Period24/10/1826/10/18

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Anaerobic digestion
Biogas
Sewage sludge
Solid wastes
Biodegradability
Microwaves
Land fill
Methane
Sewage treatment plants
Industry
Sewage
Fossil fuels
Waste disposal
Power generation
Electricity
Substrates

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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Palanisamy, K., David, H., & Gopinathan, G. (2019). Food Waste Co-Digestion with Microwave Pre-Treated Sewage Sludge to Enhance Biogas Production Through Anaerobic Digestion. In Proceedings of the 2018 International Conference on Green Energy for Sustainable Development, ICUE 2018 [8635752] (Proceedings of the Conference on the Industrial and Commercial Use of Energy, ICUE; Vol. 2018-October). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.23919/ICUE-GESD.2018.8635752
Palanisamy, Kumaran ; David, Hephzibah ; Gopinathan, Gopinathan. / Food Waste Co-Digestion with Microwave Pre-Treated Sewage Sludge to Enhance Biogas Production Through Anaerobic Digestion. Proceedings of the 2018 International Conference on Green Energy for Sustainable Development, ICUE 2018. IEEE Computer Society, 2019. (Proceedings of the Conference on the Industrial and Commercial Use of Energy, ICUE).
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Palanisamy, K, David, H & Gopinathan, G 2019, Food Waste Co-Digestion with Microwave Pre-Treated Sewage Sludge to Enhance Biogas Production Through Anaerobic Digestion. in Proceedings of the 2018 International Conference on Green Energy for Sustainable Development, ICUE 2018., 8635752, Proceedings of the Conference on the Industrial and Commercial Use of Energy, ICUE, vol. 2018-October, IEEE Computer Society, 2018 International Conference on Green Energy for Sustainable Development, ICUE 2018, Karon, Phuket, Thailand, 24/10/18. https://doi.org/10.23919/ICUE-GESD.2018.8635752

Food Waste Co-Digestion with Microwave Pre-Treated Sewage Sludge to Enhance Biogas Production Through Anaerobic Digestion. / Palanisamy, Kumaran; David, Hephzibah; Gopinathan, Gopinathan.

Proceedings of the 2018 International Conference on Green Energy for Sustainable Development, ICUE 2018. IEEE Computer Society, 2019. 8635752 (Proceedings of the Conference on the Industrial and Commercial Use of Energy, ICUE; Vol. 2018-October).

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Palanisamy K, David H, Gopinathan G. Food Waste Co-Digestion with Microwave Pre-Treated Sewage Sludge to Enhance Biogas Production Through Anaerobic Digestion. In Proceedings of the 2018 International Conference on Green Energy for Sustainable Development, ICUE 2018. IEEE Computer Society. 2019. 8635752. (Proceedings of the Conference on the Industrial and Commercial Use of Energy, ICUE). https://doi.org/10.23919/ICUE-GESD.2018.8635752