Integrating microalgae tertiary treatment into activated sludge systems for energy and nutrients recovery from wastewater
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In this study, microalgae digestate and secondary effluent were used to grow microalgae in a tertiary wastewater treatment, and then, the biomass was co-digested for biogas generation. A 30 L closed-photobioreactor was used for microalgae cultivation. The biomass, mainly composed by Scenedesmus sp., reached and maintained a concentration of 1.1 gTSS/L during 30 days. A complete removal of N-NH4 + and P-PO4 3- and high nitrates and organic matter removals were achieved (58% N-NO3 - and 70% COD) with 8 d of HRT. The potential biogas production of the cultivated microalgae was determined in batch tests. To improve their biodegradability, a novel method combining their co-digestion with activated sludge after a simultaneous autohydrolysis co-pretreatment was evaluated. After the co-pretreatment, the methane yield increased by 130%. Thus, integrating microalgae tertiary treatment into activated sludge systems is a promising and feasible solution to recover energy and nutrients from waste, improving wastewater treatment plants sustainability.
CitationArias , D.M., Sole, M., Marianna Garfi', Ferrer, I., Garcia, J., Uggetti, E. Integrating microalgae tertiary treatment into activated sludge systems for energy and nutrients recovery from wastewater. "Bioresource technology", 1 Gener 2018, vol. 247, p. 513-519.