Start Up of a UASB Treating Malted Ingredient Manufacturing Wastewater

Ryland Cairns, Paul Mead


With a greater push to achieve waste management and renewable energy targets technologies such as anaerobic digestion (AD) have increased in popularity. One such technology option is the Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASB) reactor, these have been shown to be a particularly robust option for high strength organic wastewaters, such as those generated by the malted ingredient manufacturing industry. Despite their effectiveness they are reported to have lengthy and complex start ups due to the range of physiochemical and biological interactions influencing sludge blanket stability. This process can be sped up by seeding the plant from sludge from similar plants, however this is not always possible. This paper aims to investigate the start up of a full-scale mesophilic UASB treating malted ingredient wastewater that was initially seeded with a granular sludge treating dairy wastewater. Operational performance during the first 75 days of start up was comparable to that of a fully established plant with a COD removal efficiency in excess of 81.89% and a biogas methane concentration greater than 57.24%. During this period the plant remained operationally robust with the Organic Loading Rates (OLR) exuding the greatest influence on plant performance. Similar to operations during stable conditions key operational parameters such as HRT times, temperatures and pH did not exert a strong influence on the plant.


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