Anaerobic Technologies

Course Aim

The course aims at intensifying basic knowledge on biotechnological processes in dry and wet fermentation. Beside renewable substrates like silaged crops, urban waste streams such as biowaste and sewage sludge are being discussed for the production of energy. The course participants learn how to judge the quality of fermentation substrates and acquire fundamental knowledge on suitable cofermentation combinations. Further on, the concepts of selected technological solutions are being investigated together with suitable control systems.

General Information

General Information

  • Module responsibility: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eckhard Kraft
  • Teachers: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eckhard Kraft, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Silvio Beier, Dr.-Ing. Thomas Haupt, Dr.-Ing. Ralf Englert, Dr.-Ing. Tonia Schmitz
  • Advanced course: 6 ECTS with 5 SWS
  • The course is offered in the winter semester
  • Examination: Written exam (120 minutes)

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • Theoretical basics for dry and wet fermentation processes (milieu conditions, operating parameters, inhibitory effects)
  • Methods for quality assessment and characterization of cofermentation substrates, such as biowaste, manure and renewables
  • Renewables: fundamentals, amounts, types, potentials, carbon cycle balancing, scope, refinement, costs
  • Process monitoring: parameters, measuring equipment, suitable laboratory tests, remote monitoring concepts
  • Sewage sludge treatment: fundamentals, amounts and composition, treatment and disposal process chains; sludge thickening, stabilization, dewatering and drying; biogas utilization and energy concepts
  • Industrial fermentation processes, decentralized energy production options
  • Biologically degradable packaging materials in fermentation processes