The anaerobic digestion of leachate from organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) is a long-standing challenge. A submerged anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) embedding three flat sheet membrane was therefore continuously operated for 63 days to investigate the materials flow and membrane performance. The results obtained show that approximately 90% COD was removed and 86% was converted into methane under an OLR of 5.6 kgCOD/m3·d corresponding to a HRT of 10 days. Under the high solid condition (34.5–61.1 g/L total solids in AnMBR) and flux of 5 and 6 LMH, the membranes was operated practically at constant trans-membrane pressure (TMP). When the membrane was operated at a high flux of 7 LMH the TMP rapid increase occurred in 22 h resulting in a non-recoverable permeability. A sustainable flux was thus identified. This study demonstrated the feasibility of AnMBR treating OFMSW leachate under high solid condition with high flux.
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