Struvite precipitation for nutrient recovery from wastewater and sewage sludge has been attracting interest, due to the remarkable fertiliser quality of the product. A method to recover struvite from digested sludge was developed at Stuttgart University, involving first an acidic dissolution of nutrients from digested sludge followed by a precipitation step. The application was first tested in a pilot scale plant and recently upscaled to a semi-industrial size by constructing a recovery plant at a municipal wastewater treatment plant. The study reports on the technical features and the operation of the large-scale plant with a short overview on the pathway leading to the construction, as well as quality of the product.
Large-scale application of nutrient recovery from digested sludge as struvite
D. Antakyali, C. Meyer, V. Preyl, W. Maier, H. Steinmetz; Large-scale application of nutrient recovery from digested sludge as struvite. Water Practice and Technology 1 June 2013; 8 (2): 256–262. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wpt.2013.027
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