Large-scale modular biofiltration system for effective odor removal in a composting facility

Yueh Hsien Lin, Yu Pei Chen, Kuo Ling Ho, Tsung Yih Lee, Ching-Ping Tseng*

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Several different foul odors such as nitrogen-containing groups, sulfur-containing groups, and short-chain fatty-acids commonly emitted from composting facilities. In this study, an experimental laboratory-scale bioreactor was scaled up to build a large-scale modular biofiltration system that can process 34 m3min-1waste gases. This modular reactor system was proven effective in eliminating odors, with a 97% removal efficiency for 96 ppm ammonia, a 98% removal efficiency for 220 ppm amines, and a 100% removal efficiency of other odorous substances. The results of operational parameters indicate that this modular biofiltration system offers long-term operational stability. Specifically, a low pressure drop (<45 mmH2O m-1) was observed, indicating that the packing carrier in bioreactor units does not require frequent replacement. Thus, this modular biofiltration system can be used in field applications to eliminate various odors with compact working volume.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1420-1430
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Environmental Science and Health - Part A Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering
Issue number11
StatePublished - 19 Sep 2013


  • Amines
  • Ammonia
  • Biofiltration
  • Large-scale modular system
  • Odor elimination

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