A full-scale biogas plant was applied to the processing of 10m3/d of swine manure. The plant consisted of an anaerobic digester and an engine-generator. The digester operation resulted in an 81% of COD removal, a 55% of VS reduction, and methane-rich biogas production that is used to generate electrical and thermal energies. To further treat the digested manure, for compliance with discharge limits, an electro-chemical oxidation with a dimensionally sable anode was investigated for the simultaneous elimination of both the remaining COD and ammonia nitrogen. It was able to reduce NH4+-N levels from as high as 1552 down to 25 mg/L in 160 min, and the COD from 1542 to 0.21 mg/L under the experimental conditions of 8 V, 30 A and 20000 μS/cm. The amount of electricity required for a 90% removal of the residual COD and ammonia in 1 m3 of filtered digester manure, via electrochemical oxidation, were approximately 153 and 151 kWh, respectively. These values exceed the maximum potential capacity of the biogas-originated electricity through the digestion of swine manure containing normal VS content. However, approximately 50% of the required electricity for the electrochemical oxidation could be supplied from the engine-generator.

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