The Good…The advantages of anaerobic treatment systems over their aerobic counterparts include:
- Generation of beneficial biogas
- Low energy consumption
- Low sludge creation, up to 10x less than aerobic processes
- Low process space requirements
- Lower capital and operation/maintenance costs
…The Bad…Some disadvantages to straight anaerobic systems, and potential remedies, are listed below:
- Only 80% COD removal is achieved---adding an aerobic digester following as a lower power consuming “bio-polisher”
- Long culture startup times---use of acclimated seed cultures may alleviate this problem.
- Sensitive to influent conditions variability---adding equalization tanks can even out upstream process fluctuations.
- Low metabolic rates at low temperatures---waste heat can be added to the system.
….And the UglyThere are some specific constituents that can wreak havoc in an otherwise well-designed anaerobic upflow or internal circulation reactor system. First of all, high sulfates in the wastewater are a problem as they are converted to sulfides (often hydrogen sulfide) which at concentrations above 200 ppm become detrimental to microbe metabolism (and the sensibilities of the neighbors, too). In addition, the organisms can experience cation toxicity, with high levels of sodium, potassium or other cations. The best solution to these problems is elimination or segregation.
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