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Anaerobic Digestion Facilities

We undertake work at all scales of operation from laboratory studies to the monitoring of commercially operating plant.

Our dedicated laboratory facility for anaerobic digestion research houses over 250 digesters of different types and sizes from 0.5 to 100 litres.

These are used in simple batch tests to determine biochemical methane potential (BMP) of different substrates and for continuous feed kinetic studies to derive design and operational data.

Digester types include: continuously stirred tank reactors (CSTR), Upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactors, anaerobic filters, and submerged anaerobic membrane bioreactors (SAMBR).

These operate over a range of temperatures from ambient to thermophilic using a variety of substrates from dedicated energy crops to solid wastes and process wastewaters.

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Environmental biotechnology laboratory - the early years
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2-litre anaerobic digesters
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5-litre anaerobic digesters
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2-litre stirred batch digesters used for BMP testing
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A bank of anaerobic digesters in the environmental biotechnology laboratory
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100 litre anaerobic digesters
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Low temperature UASB reactors
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upflow anaerobic sludge blanket
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Low temperature controlled upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactors
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35-litre anaerobic digesters with ammonia stripping columns
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10-litre upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactors at the Chiclana experimental facility (EU All-Gas project)
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5-litre digesters in the Chiclana laboratory (EU All-gas project)
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UASB reactors at the Chiclana experimental facility (EU All-gas project)
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Pilot scale digesters used in food waste trials
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Preparing food waste for anaerobic digestion
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Andigestion 300 m3 pilot plant used in the FP7 Valorgas project
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Marie Cornell our KTP Associate working with BV Dairies
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Construction of the biocycle food waste digester, research monitoring carried out by BORRG
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Food waste for our digesters
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