Biological removal of H2S in the presence of thiols in the biological desulfurization process


Removal of sulfur containing compounds from sour gas streams plays a crucial role in environmental protection by decreasing sulfur dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. Among all available desulfurization technologies, biological processes are the most sustainable technologies for hydrogen sulfide removal. Besides H2S, sour gas streams can contain volatile organic sulfur compounds, such as thiols. Both organic and inorganic sulfur compounds are toxic, characterized with the obnoxious smell and potential corrosive effects [1]. For these reasons treatment of sour gas streams is required.