Separation and recovery of organic acids from fermented kitchen waste by an integrated process

  • FN Omar
  • NA Rahman
  • HS Hafid
  • PL Yee
  • MA Hassan
Keywords: Anaerobic digestion, kitchen waste, organic acids, recovery.

Abstract

Organic acids produced from anaerobic digestion of kitchen waste were recovered using a new integrated method which consisted of freezing and thawing, centrifugation, filtration and evaporation. The main organic acid produced was lactic acid (98%). After the freezing and thawing process, 73% of the total suspended solids were removed and the organic acids were elevated from 59.0 to 70 g/L. The evaporation technique was used to further concentrate the organic acids up to 224 g/L. Using the integrated recovery method, the reduction of the total suspended solids in the solution achieved was about 93%. The material balance for the recovery process was also presented.
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