ASSESS THE DENITRIFICATION POTENTIAL OF FERMENTED BIOSOLIDS BASED ON THEIR SPECIFIC DENITRIFICATION RATE (SDNR)
Keywords:fermented sludge, dark fermentation, denitrification potential, SDNR.
The study examined the potential of fermented and dark-fermented biosolids as external carbon sources for denitrification improvement. This was done by up-scaling the selected two (out of seven) sludge fermentation conditions from past studies, carrying out ammonia stripping pre-treatment to fix the C/N ratio, before finding their specific denitrification rate (SDNR) using SDNR experiment set-up. The gotten SDNR were then compared to the SDNR of other substances gotten from both previous studies and literature, to weight the denitrification potential of fermented biosolids as a substance. The results found that with an initial COD of 607-704 mgCOD/L, the SDNR of the two fermented biosolids and dark fermented biosolids were found to be 8.35 ± 0.41 and 8.56 ± 0.71 respectively. This was much higher than the 1.53 -2.57 for sucrose and 1.29 ± 0.21 for wastewater found in earlier study using the same methodology; and comparable to the denitrification potential value for the well-studied methanol