Thermophilic aerobic treatment systems offer unique advantages for treatment of high strength organic waste streams and slurries/sludges. These systems combine the best features of conventional aerobic and anaerobic processes that include rapid biodegradation kinetics and low biological solids production, respectively. Application of these processes can result in substantial economic benefit by reducing residuals processing and disposal costs. These systems have not been widely applied for industrial waste treatment, therefore the goal of this paper to show the advantages of applying thermophilic aerobic treatment to these streams. Also included in the paper is a discussion of the process benefits along with design/application considerations and industrial case histories.

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