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Production of polyhydroxybutyrate by activated sludge performing enhanced biological phosphorus removal

Rodgers, Michael
Wu, Guangxue
Citation
Rodgers, M., & Wu, G. Production of polyhydroxybutyrate by activated sludge performing enhanced biological phosphorus removal. Bioresource Technology, 101(3), 1049-1053.
Abstract
In this study, polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) 'a biodegradable plastics material' was produced by activated sludge performing enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) in batch experiments under anaerobic, aerobic and anaerobic/aerobic conditions. Under anaerobic conditions, the maximum PHB content of the dry biomass was 28.8% by weight, while under aerobic or anaerobic/aerobic conditions, the maximum PHB content was about 50%. The PHB production rate with respect to the volatile suspended solids (VSS) was: (i) 70 mg/(g VSS) h under aerobic conditions that followed anaerobic conditions, (ii) 156 mg/(g VSS) h under anaerobic condition, and (iii) 200 mg/(g VSS) h under aerobic conditions with energy also supplied from polyphosphate. A side stream, with initially anaerobic conditions for PHB accumulation and phosphorus release, and then aerobic conditions for PHB accumulation, was proposed. In this side stream, biomass with a high PHB content and a high PHB production rate could be both achieved.
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Publisher
Elsevier
Publisher DOI
.doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2009.08.107
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Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland