Membrane reciprocation as energy-efficient fouling control with high biogas recovery in a pilot-scale anaerobic membrane bioreactor

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Author(s)

  • Zhuan Khai Lim
  • Tao Liu
  • Min Zheng
  • Maxime Rattier
  • Jurg Keller
  • Jianhua Guo
  • Shihu Hu

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number106849
Journal / PublicationResources, Conservation and Recycling
Volume190
Online published31 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) as a primary treatment has the benefit of energy recovery through biogas generation. However, high energy consumption for fouling control remains the bottleneck for its applications. To this end, this study investigated the energy outlook of using membrane reciprocation as fouling control method in a pilot-scale AnMBR treating domestic wastewater, as compared to using conventional biogas sparging. The carbon balance calculation was conducted during the AnMBR operation to identify the methane conversion from organic carbon, setting the basis for energy evaluation. Both fouling control strategies were investigated under different biogas sparging speeds and membrane reciprocation frequencies. Critical flux tests and energy calculations have shown membrane reciprocation to consume 0.59 kWh/m3 at 7 L/m2/h (LMH), 62% less energy contrasting biogas sparging (1.56 kWh/m3 at 6 LMH). With the high biogas recovery and energy-efficient fouling control, positive net energy balance (0.55–0.74 kWh/m3) was achieved in this AnMBR, highlighting the potential of AnMBR with membrane reciprocation as an energy-positive A-stage in domestic sewage treatment. © 2022 Elsevier B.V.

Research Area(s)

  • Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor (AnMBR), Biogas production, Biogas sparging, Energy, Membrane fouling, Membrane reciprocation

Citation Format(s)

Membrane reciprocation as energy-efficient fouling control with high biogas recovery in a pilot-scale anaerobic membrane bioreactor. / Lim, Zhuan Khai; Liu, Tao; Zheng, Min et al.
In: Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Vol. 190, 106849, 03.2023.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review