Engineering Research Seminar Series 22, 2011: Thermophilic Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) Treatment using Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket-Hollow Centered Packed Bed (UASB-HCPB) Reactor

Ms Poh Phaik Eong, lecturer from School of Engineering

Date: 2011-07-11
Time: 11:00 to 12:00
Venue: Classroom 9-3-05


Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) is a wastewater generated from crude palm oil (CPO) production which is highly polluting. Conventionally, most palm oil mills adopt ponding systems for the treatment of POME. However, current focus has shifted on the use of high-rate anaerobic reactors for POME treatment as these systems enable shorter treatment times and having the ability to tolerate higher organic loading rates. Furthermore, these systems enable the capture of methane gas that can be used as reboiler fuel. A novel design of high-rate anaerobic reactor (UASB-HCPB reactor) for POME treatment will be presented in this talk. The objective of having this novel design is to eliminate operational problems faced by the available reactor designs and also to improve the treatment efficiency of POME under thermophilic conditions. This talk will include start-up and also the performance of the UASB-HCPB reactor on thermophilic POME treatment.

About the Speaker

Poh received her BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham in year 2007 and continued her PhD with the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. Her PhD work was on ‘Treatment of Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) under Thermophilic Condition using Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket-Hollow Centered Packed Bed (UASB-HCPB) Reactor’. Poh just joined the Discipline of Chemical Engineering in MUSC in May 2011. Her research interests includes biological wastewater treatment, anaerobic co-digestion and microbial fuel cells.