Factors affecting the elimination capacity of a passive methane biofilter

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    Abstrakti

    Passive biofilters are used for controlling CH4 emissions from different sources with the help of methanotrophic bacteria. The CH4 elimination capacity of a biofilter can be affected by different factors, such as the structure and composition of the filter material and formation of bacterial exopolymeric saccharides (EPS). Recognising these factors and resolving their effect on the elimination capacity is important for efficient greenhouse gas emission control. Hence, we studied the evolution of the elimination capacity of a passive CH4 biofilter containing soil as low-cost filter material. We aimed at identifying the factors affecting the elimination capacity and tested the effectiveness of a mechanical regeneration method for improving the operation efficiency. A laboratory-scale biofilter containing landfill soil was operated for 148 days. The CH4 removal efficiency reached 70 % in the beginning of the operation (0–7 days), but stabilised at 25 % after 50 days. The filter bed was mixed and loosened twice during the operation. As a result, the glucose content of the soil representing the clogging agent secreted by bacteria (EPS) remained stable throughout the experiment (23 mg gdw-1) and O2 penetrated deeper in the filter bed indicating improved gas diffusion. However, the CH4 removal efficiency did not increase from 25–30 %. The reason for this remained unknown, but the results indicated that soil as filter material was able to maintain its elimination capacity despite the formation of EPS. Mixing was shown to be an effective and necessary method for improving the gas diffusion properties of the filter bed.
    AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
    OtsikkoBioTechniques Ghent 2015 The 6th international conference on biotechniques for air pollution control
    AlaotsikkoConference Proceedings
    Sivut83-88
    Sivumäärä6
    TilaJulkaistu - 2015
    OKM-julkaisutyyppiD3 Artikkeli ammatillisessa konferenssijulkaisussa
    TapahtumaBioTechniques Ghent 2015, The 6th international conference on biotechniques for air pollution control - Music Centrum Bijloke, Ghent, Belgia
    Kesto: 2 syysk. 20154 syysk. 2015

    Conference

    ConferenceBioTechniques Ghent 2015, The 6th international conference on biotechniques for air pollution control
    Maa/AlueBelgia
    KaupunkiGhent
    Ajanjakso2/09/154/09/15

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