Publication
Title
Toward energy-neutral wastewater treatment : a high-rate contact stabilization process to maximally recover sewage organics
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Abstract
The conventional activated sludge process is widely used for wastewater treatment, but to progress toward energy self-sufficiency, the wastewater treatment scheme needs to radically improve energy balances. We developed a high-rate contact stabilization (HiCS) reactor system at high sludge-specific loading rates (>2 kg bCOD kg−1 TSS d−1) and low sludge retention times (<1.2 d) and demonstrate that it is able to recover more chemical energy from wastewater organics than high-rate conventional activated sludge (HiCAS) and the low-rate variants of HiCS and HiCAS. The best HiCS system recovered 36% of the influent chemical energy as methane, due to the combined effects of low production of CO2, high sludge yield, and high methane yield of the produced sludge. The HiCS system imposed a feast-famine cycle and a putative selection pressure on the sludge micro-organisms toward substrate adsorption and storage. Given further optimization, it is a promising process for energy recovery from wastewater.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Bioresource technology. - Barking
Publication
Barking : 2015
ISSN
0960-8524
Volume/pages
179(2015), p. 373-381
ISI
000348041600050
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UAntwerpen
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Web of Science
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Creation 10.02.2015
Last edited 13.05.2017