Methane production from anaerobic co-digestion of the separated solid fraction of pig manure with dried grass silage
Anaerobic co-digestion of the solid fraction of separated pig manure (SPM) with dried grass silage (DGS) was evaluated in three identical continuously stirred tank reactors (CSTRs) at 35 ± 1 °C. The feedstock contained 20% DGS in CSTR1, 30% DGS in CSTR2 and 40% DGS in CSTR3 on a volatile solids (VS) basis. Organic loading rates (OLR) of 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 and 3.0 kg VS/m3/d were studied and it was found that the OLR affected the digester performance more than the DGS proportion in the feedstock. Tripling the OLR increased volumetric methane yields by 88% and decreased specific methane yields by 38%. At the OLR of 3 kg VS/m3/d, post-methane production potentials of digestates ranged from 38% to 41% of total methane production potentials of the feedstock. An energy yield estimation on a 654-sow pig unit showed that 268-371 MWh/a electricity and 383-530 MWh/a heat would be generated.