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Mathematical modelling of greenhouse gas emissions from membrane bioreactors: A comprehensive comparison of two mathematical models

  • Authors: Mannina, G.; Cosenza, A.; Ekama, G.
  • Publication year: 2018
  • Type: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
  • Key words: Greenhouse gases; N2O modelling; Nutrient removal; WWTP; Nitrous Oxide; South Africa; Bioreactors; Greenhouse Gases; Models, Theoretical; Bioengineering; Environmental Engineering; Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment; Waste Management and Disposal
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This paper compares two mathematical models (Model I and Model II) to predict greenhouse gases emission from a University Cape Town (UCT) – membrane bioreactor (MBR) plant. Model I considers N2O production only during denitrification. Model II takes into account the ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) formation pathways for N2O. Both models were calibrated adopting real data. Model comparison was performed in terms of (i) sensitivity analysis (ii) best fit and (iii) model prediction uncertainty. On average 6% of factors of Model I and 9% of Model II resulted to be important. In terms of best fit, Model II had a better capability of reproducing the measured data. The average efficiency related to the N2O model outputs was equal to 0.33 and 0.38 for Model I and Model II, respectively. On average, 73% (Model I) and 86% (Model II) of measured data lay inside the uncertainty bands.