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The seasonal variation of emission of greenhouse gases from a full-scale sewage treatment plant
- Masuda, Shuhei, Suzuki, Shunsuke, Sano, Itsumi, Li, Yu-You, Nishimura, Osamu
- Chemosphere 2015 v.140 pp. 167-173
- aeration, carbon dioxide, electricity, greenhouse gas emissions, greenhouse gases, methane, nitrous oxide, seasonal variation, sewage, sewage treatment, sludge, wastewater, water temperature, water treatment
- The seasonal variety of greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions and the main emission source in a sewage treatment plant were investigated. The emission coefficient to treated wastewater was 291gCO2m−3. The main source of GHGs was CO2 from the consumption of electricity, nitrous oxide from the sludge incineration process, and methane from the water treatment process. They accounted for 43.4%, 41.7% and 8.3% of the total amount of GHGs emissions, respectively. The amount of methane was plotted as a function of water temperature ranging between 13.3 and 27.3°C. An aeration tank was the main source of methane emission from all the units. Almost all the methane was emitted from the aeration tank, which accounted for 86.4% of the total gaseous methane emission. However, 18.4% of the methane was produced in sewage lines, 15.4% in the primary sedimentation tank, and 60.0% in the aeration tank.