Influence of Alkalinity and VFAs on the Performance of an UASB Reactor with Recirculation for the treatment of Tequila Vinasses

López-López, A.
León-Becerril, E.
Rosales-Contreras, M.E.
Villegas-García, E.
Revista y/o libro: 
Environmental Technology
36(19), 2468–2476
The main problem linked to the stability of upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactors during the treatment of Tequila vinasse is the high acidity and the null alkalinity present in this effluent. This research evaluates the effect of alkalinity and volatile fatty acids (VFAs) concentration on the performance of an UASB reactor with recirculation of the effluent for removing organic matter and biogas production from Tequila vinasses.