Anaerobic digestion or co-digestion for sustainable solid waste treatment/management

Sridhar Pilli, Tanaji T. More, Song Yan, Rajeshwar D. Tyagi, Rao Y. Surampalli, Tian C. Zhang

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The need for anaerobic digestion (AD) or co-digestion for managing solid waste is increasing in different countries. This chapter describes the principles of AD and co-digestion and how AD evolves into co-digestion. Then, it discusses the types of anaerobic digesters or co-digesters and the major parameters affecting their performance, providing details of the feedstocks required for AD or co-digestion. Next, the chapter talks about substrate pretreatment technologies for AD and co-digestion. It also discusses the design of AD and co-digestion processes; the principles of mass, electron, and energy balance; and evaluation of biogas production. The chapter then presents case studies on anaerobic co-digestion and explains the advantages and disadvantages of anaerobic technology. Finally, the chapter presents the future research required for improving AD processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSustainable Solid Waste Management
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages46
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479308
ISBN (Print)9780784414101
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Environmental Science


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