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The Microbiology of Anaerobic Digesters - Michael H. Gerardi

Contents


PART I OVERVIEW 1
1 Introduction 3
2 Bacteria 11
3 Methane-forming Bacteria 17
4 Respiration 31
5 Anaerobic Food Chain 39
6 Fermentation 43
7 Anaerobic Digestion Stages 51
PART II SUBSTRATES, PRODUCTS, AND BIOGAS 59
8 Substrates and Products 61
9 Biogas 73
PART III OPERATIONAL CONDITIONS 77
10 Introduction to Operational Conditions 79

11 Start-up 81
12 Sludge Feed 85
13 Retention Times 87
14 Temperature 89
15 Nutrients 93
16 Alkalinity and pH 99
17 Toxicity 105
18 Mixing 117

PART IV PROCESS CONTROL AND TROUBLESHOOTING 121
19 Upsets and Unstable Digesters 123
20 Foam and Scum Production and Accumulation 127
21 Supernatant 133
22 Monitoring 135
PART V DIGESTERS 141
23 Types of Anaerobic Digesters 143
24 Anaerobic Digesters versus Aerobic Digesters 153
References 161
Abbreviations and Acronyms 165
Chemical Compounds and Elements 167
Glossary 171
Index 175

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