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Abstract

Comparison of both mesophilic (35°C) and thermophilic (55°C) anaerobic digestions of the organic fraction of municipal refuses in pilot digesters designed to process in a semisolid phase at total solids concentrations of ca. 25% shows that the average gas production is 20–25% higher in thermophilic conditions than in mesophilic conditions even for a retention time of 10 days. These results and the data recorded during long periods of experimentation indicate that the process allows to increase the net energy production and to improve the economical balance of an industrial plant.