Siloxanes present in the biogas produced during anaerobic digestion in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) can damage the mechanism of cogeneration heat engines and obstruct the process of energy valorization. The objective of this research is to detect the presence of siloxanes in the biogas and evaluate a procedure for their elimination. A breakthrough curve of a synthetic decamethylcyclopentasiloxane on an experimental bed of activated carbon was modeled and the theoretical mathematical model of the adsorption process was adjusted. As a result, the constants of the model were obtained: the mass transfer constant, Henry's equilibrium constant, and the Eddy diffusion. The procedure developed allows the adsorption equilibrium of siloxanes on activated carbon to be predicted, and makes it possible to lay the basis for the design of an appropriate activated carbon module for the elimination of siloxanes in a WWTP.
The elimination of siloxanes from the biogas of a wastewater treatment plant by means of an adsorption process
Arturo Trapote, Mariano García, Daniel Prats; The elimination of siloxanes from the biogas of a wastewater treatment plant by means of an adsorption process. Water Sci Technol 20 December 2016; 74 (12): 2927–2934. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2016.465
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