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Effect of coupling alkaline pretreatment and sewage sludge co-digestion on methane production and fertilizer potential of digestate

Abstract : This study aims at investigating how organic waste co-digestion coupled with alkaline pretreatment can impact the methane production and agronomic value of produced digestates. For this purpose, sludge alone and mixed with olive pomace or macroalgal residues were subjected to anaerobic digestion with and without alkaline pretreatment. In addition, co-digestion of pretreated sludge with raw substrates was also carried out and compared to the whole mixture pretreatment. KOH pretreatment enhanced methane production by 39%, 15% and 49% from sludge, sludge mixed with olive pomace and sludge mixed with macroalgal residues, respectively. The digestates were characterised according to their physico-chemical and agronomic properties. They were then applied as biofertilizers for tomato growth during the first vegetative stage (28 days of culture). Concentrations in chlorophyll a and carotenoids in tomato plants, following sludge digestate addition, rose by 46% and 41% respectively. Sludge digestate enhanced tomato plant dry weight by 87%, while its nitrogen content increased by 90%. The impact of nitrogen and phosphorus contents in the digestate was strongest on tomato plant dry weight, thus explaining the efficiency of sludge digestate relative to other types of digestate. However, when methane production is considered, the combination of pre-treatment with co-digestion of macroalgal residues and sludge appears most beneficial for maximizing energy recovery and for biofertilizer generation
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Doha Elalami, Florian Monlau, Hélène Carrère, Karima Abdelouahdi, Abdallah Oukarroum, et al.. Effect of coupling alkaline pretreatment and sewage sludge co-digestion on methane production and fertilizer potential of digestate. Science of the Total Environment, Elsevier, 2020, 743, pp.140670. ⟨10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140670⟩. ⟨hal-02911715⟩

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