Pretreatment of vinasse from the sugar refinery industry under non-sterile conditions by Trametes versicolor in a fluidized bed bioreactor and its effect when coupled to an UASB reactor

Elda España-Gamboa, Teresa Vicent, Xavier Font, Jorge Dominguez-Maldonado, Blondy Canto-Canché, Liliana Alzate-Gaviria

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Abstract

© 2017 The Author(s). Background: During hydrous ethanol production from the sugar refinery industry in Mexico, vinasse is generated. Phenolic compounds and melanoidins contribute to its color and make degradation of the vinasse a difficult task. Although anaerobic digestion (AD) is feasible for vinasse treatment, the presence of recalcitrant compounds can be toxic or inhibitory for anaerobic microorganism. Therefore, this study presents new data on the coupled of the FBR (Fluidized Bed Bioreactor) to the UASB (Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket) reactor under non-sterile conditions by T. versicolor. Nevertheless, for an industrial application, it is necessary to evaluate the performance in this kind of proposal system. Results: Therefore, this study used a FBR for the removal of phenolic compounds (67%) and COD (38%) at non-sterile conditions. Continuous operation of the FBR was successfully for 26 days according to the literature. When the FBR was coupled to the UASB reactor, we obtained a better quality of effluent, furthermore methane content and yield were 74% and 0.18 m3 CH4/ kg CODremoval respectively. Conclusions: This study demonstrated the possibility of using for an industrial application the coupled of the FBR to the UASB reactor under non-sterile conditions. Continuous operation of the FBR was carried out successfully for 26 days, which is the highest value found in the literature.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6
Pages (from-to)-
JournalJournal of Biological Engineering
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Fluidized bed bioreactor
  • Hydrous ethanol vinasse
  • Non-sterile conditions
  • Recalcitrant compounds
  • Trametes versicolor
  • UASB

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