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Waste Manag. 2013 Jul;33(7):1633-9. doi: 10.1016/j.wasman.2013.03.027. Epub 2013 May 13.

Semi-continuous anaerobic co-digestion of orange peel waste and residual glycerol derived from biodiesel manufacturing.

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  • 1Inorganic Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Department, University of Cordoba, Spain.


The manufacturing of orange juice generates high volumes of orange peel waste which should not be deposited in landfill according to current recommendations. Furthermore, glycerol is a compound co-generated in biodiesel manufacturing, but the volume generated is higher than the current demand for pure glycerol. The anaerobic co-digestion of orange peel waste with residual glycerol could reduce the inhibitory effect of some compounds and provide a correct nutrient balance. Under mesophilic temperature and semi-continuous conditions, a mixture of orange peel waste-residual glycerol of 1:1 (in COD) operated favorably for organic loads up to 2.10 g VS/L. At higher organic loads, the accumulation of volatile fatty acids (VFA) and a decrease in the pH caused process destabilization. The methane yield coefficient was quite constant, with a mean value of 330±51 mL(STP)/g VSadded, while the organic loading rate (OLR) reached a mean value of 1.91±0.37 kgVS/m3 d (17.59±2.78 kgmixture/m3 d) and the hydraulic retention time (HRT) varied in a range of 8.5-30.0 d.

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