Supercritical Water Oxidation (SCWO) is an innovative and effective destruction method for organics in sewage sludge. The SCWO process leaves a slurry of inorganic ash in a pure water phase free from organic contaminants, which opens possibilities for a simple process to recover components like phosphates from the sewage sludge. In a continuous pilot plant for the SCWO process digested sludge has been treated. The ash has been extracted in lab scale with both caustic and acids in order to recover phosphates. By leaching the ash with caustic, 90% of the phosphorus could be separated as a sodium phosphate solution. By treating the sodium phosphate solution with lime, calcium phosphate was precipitated and caustic recovered and circulated back to the leaching process.

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