The Effect of Hydrothermal Pretreatment on the Anaerobic Digestion of Thickened Waste Activated Sludge and Source Separated Organics
The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of hydrothermal pretreatment of source separated organics (SSO) and thickened waste activated sludge (TWAS) on the solubilization and biomethane production. The feedstocks went through 15 different conditions in a wide range of temperature (150-240°C), retention time (5-30) min and severity indexes (3-5). The result of the study revealed that the effect of hydrothermal pretreatment can vary based on the feedstock primary properties and the optimum pretreatment condition. In this study, the optimum pretreatment conditions for highest solubilization and solid reduction of the SSO were 220°C and 10 minutes retention time, however, for highest methane production, it was 190°C for 20 minutes. In case of TWAS, the result revealed that the maximum biomethane production was achieved at pretreatment conditions of 160°C and 20 min, while, the highest solubilization and solid reduction was observed in 220°C and 10 minutes retention time.