International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 4 Issue 5 2014- March 2014    Pages: 738-745  <<Previous    Next>>

Performances of anaerobic complete mix bioreactors for the treatment of vinasses

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Zineb EL Jalili 1 , Abdelmajid  Bouchabchoub2 , Nadia Lahlou2 , Merym EL Azhar1, Hajar Qabli1  , Fatima EL Azhar1, Azzedine Elmidaoui1.
1-Laboratory of Separation Processes Department of Chemistry Faculty of Sciences Ibn Tofail University,
2- Sotrameg Society Morocco Kenitra


This paper presents the performances of an anaerobic Complete Mix Bioreactors for the treatment of distillery wastewater (vinasses) coming from molasses. The study was axed on the follow of many parameters especially pH, temperature (T), volatile fatty acids  (VFA) ,alkalinity, Chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal and produced biogas. The variations of these parameters were followed during more than one year taking into account the organic loading rates (OLR) .The performances of the bioreactor were satisfactory despite the relatively high values of rejected COD, which requires an additional treatment. The amount of produced biogas was considerably with a fraction of methane reaching 70%.

Keywords: COD removal, Complete Mix Bioreactors, methane, VFA, Vinasses.


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