Early Warning System for Anaerobic Digesters

Summary of the technology

The CSIC and University Pablo de Olavide have developed a system for warning possible failure of the anaerobic digestion process carried out in a digester, using a microbial fuel cell connected to the digester by recirculation. This system is called Previous Destabilization Alarm for Anaerobic Digesters (PDAL).
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Immediate fault detection and early correction Anaerobic digestion is a process for the treatment of organic waste carried out by the action of microorganisms, that operating in the absence of oxygen, transform these residues into biogas. This is a very sensitive process due to the high number of factors that affect the activity of the microorganisms, and that could cause failures in the process. The PDAL system allows to anticipate possible critical, or even irreversible, failures of the anaerobic digestion process in real time, by measuring the electrical potential generated in the microbial fuel cell, which is directly related to the microbial activity of the microorganisms present in the reactor. When significant variations of this electrical potential are produced the system issues a failure warning before the destabilization of the process is irreversible.

PDAL system diagram

Main innovations and advantages

 The detection of anomalies in the process is immediate independently of the kind of anomaly.
 The · PDAL system allows implementing an early action of correction of failures.
 The inoculation of the device does not require prior manipulation or extraction of the digester content.
 The microorganisms present in the device are the same as those of the digester.

Intellectual property status

  • Granted Patent
  • Patent application number :-

Related Keywords

  • Industrial Technologies
  • Clean Industrial Technologies
  • Cleaning Technology
  • Energy Technology
  • Energy production, transmission and conversion
  • Compression and liquefaction of gases
  • Biogas and anerobic digestion (AD)
  • Measurements and Standards
  • Measurement Tools
  • Electronic measurement systems
  • Energy Market
  • Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
  • Oil and Gas Drilling, Exploration and Extraction Equipment
  • Power generation
  • Oil, gas and coal
  • biogas
  • warning system

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