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Optimization of biogas production from olive-oil mill wastewater, by codigesting with diluted poultry-manure


  • Gelegenis, John
  • Georgakakis, Dimitris
  • Angelidaki, Irini
  • Christopoulou, Nicholetta
  • Goumenaki, Maria


Optimization of biogas production from olive-mill wastewater (OMW) was attempted by codigesting with diluted poultry-manure (DPM) at mesophilic conditions. A series of laboratory experiments were performed in continuously-operating reactors, fed with mixtures of OMW and DPM at various concentrations. It was concluded that codigestion of OMW with DPM is possible without any dilution of OMW or addition of any chemicals. Biogas production was slightly higher when OMW was added to DPM up to a critical concentration (about 40%, expressed as contribution of OMW to the volatile solids of the mixture), after which production is decreased. The results were further verified by scaling up to a continuously-operating pilot-plant reactor digesting DPM, and confirmed that no negative impact was imposed by adding OMW up to the above critical value.

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  • Gelegenis, John & Georgakakis, Dimitris & Angelidaki, Irini & Christopoulou, Nicholetta & Goumenaki, Maria, 2007. "Optimization of biogas production from olive-oil mill wastewater, by codigesting with diluted poultry-manure," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 84(6), pages 646-663, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:appene:v:84:y:2007:i:6:p:646-663

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