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Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors for Sustainable Wastewater Treatment

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Lutgarde Raskin
Lutgarde Raskin
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Steven Skerlos
Steven Skerlos
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Nancy G. Love
Nancy G. Love
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Adam L. Smith
Adam L. Smith
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IWA Publishing
Volume
11
ISBN electronic:
9781780400532
Publication date:
June 2012

Sustainable water management is increasingly important for utilities and is driving efforts to reduce energy consumption and residuals production in domestic wastewater (DWW) treatment without compromising effluent quality. Anaerobic membrane bioreactors (AnMBRs) combine anaerobic biological treatment and membrane separation in a single process. The potential benefits of DWW treatment by AnMBRs are substantial:

♦They generate a fraction of the residuals and consume substantially less energy compared to conventional DWW treatment systems.

♦They allow for the recovery of methane, a renewable energy source, which further improves the energy balance.

♦They can be integrated in centralized or decentralized wastewater treatment schemes due to easy scalability.

This title belongs to WERF Research Report Series.

In short, DWW treatment using AnMBR technology potentially represents a more sustainable DWW treatment paradigm. This study addressed the following questions that highlight the challenges associated with DWW treatment with AnMBR: Can AnMBRs be operated at the low DWW temperatures experienced in many regions in the U.S. and around the world? Can AnMBR treatment meet U.S. EPA's standards for secondary treatment? Can methane be recovered efficiently during low-temperature AnMBR treatment of DWW?

ISBN: 9781780400532 (eBook)

Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors for Sustainable Wastewater Treatment
By: Lutgarde Raskin, Steven Skerlos, Nancy G. Love, Adam L. Smith
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2166/9781780400532
ISBN (electronic): 9781780400532
Publisher: IWA Publishing
Published: 2012

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