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dc.contributor.authorRodriguez Mary, Ginesta
dc.contributor.authorDorado Castaño, Antonio David
dc.contributor.authorFortuny Picornell, Marc
dc.contributor.authorGabriel Buguña, David
dc.contributor.authorGamisans Noguera, Javier
dc.contributor.otherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria Minera i Recursos Naturals
dc.identifier.citationRodríguez, G. [et al.]. Biotrickling filters for biogas sweetening: oxygen transfer improvement for a reliable operation. "Process safety and environmental protection", 2014, vol. 92, núm. 3, p. 261-268.
dc.description.abstractAn industrial-scale biotrickling filter for the removal of high concentrations of H2S is described in this work. The system has been operating at H2S inlet concentrations between 1000 and 3000 ppmv at acidic conditions. A decrease of pH from 2.6 to 1.8 did not affect the biological activity inside the biofilter while reducing the water make-up consumption up to 75%. The current oxygen supply system, based on direct injection of air to the liquid phase, has demonstrated to be inefficient for a long-term operation leading to elemental sulfur accumulation in the packing material (i.e. promoting clogging episodes). The present study demonstrates it is possible to partially remove (40.3%) the deposited elemental sulfur by bio-oxidation when biogas is not fed. In normal operation conditions, the implementation of an aeration system based on jet-venturi devices has shown quite promising results in terms of oxygen transfer efficiency and robustness. Such improvement of oxygen transfer was translated in a better conversion of H2S to sulfate, which increased around 17%, prolonging the lifespan operation at low-pressure drop.
dc.format.extent8 p.
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Enginyeria química::Química del medi ambient::Química atmosfèrica
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Enginyeria química::Impacte ambiental
dc.subject.lcshAir - Pollution
dc.subject.lcshEnvironmental chemistry
dc.subject.otherbiotrickling filter
dc.subject.otherhydrogen sulfide
dc.subject.othermass transfer
dc.subject.otherelemental sulfur
dc.subject.otheracidic pH
dc.titleBiotrickling filters for biogas sweetening: oxygen transfer improvement for a reliable operation
dc.subject.lemacAire - contaminació
dc.subject.lemacQuímica ambiental
dc.contributor.groupUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. ERNMA - Enginyeria dels Recursos Naturals i Medi Ambient
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer Reviewed
dc.rights.accessOpen Access
local.citation.authorRodríguez, G.; Dorado, A.D.; Fortuny, M.; Gabriel, D.; Gamisans, X.
local.citation.publicationNameProcess safety and environmental protection

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