Biogas produced by anaerobic treatment of wastewater can be collected and used for power generation. However, the biogas may require scrubbing to prevent corrosion by H2S and to improve engine efficiency by reducing the CO2 content. HRAP can be used to scrub biogas during the daytime when they are carbon-limited and have high pH. This study investigates the influence of the carbon dioxide addition from biogas scrubbing on high rate algal pond wastewater treatment performance (in terms of BOD, NH4-N, DRP and E. coli removal) and algal production (growth and species composition). Batch culture experiments were conducted in laboratory microcosms (2 L) and outside mesocosms (20 L). Results indicate that CO2 addition and reduced culture pH increased algal production and nutrient assimilation, decreased high pH mediated nutrient removal processes (phosphate precipitation and ammonia volatilisation), but had little influence on the ability of the culture to remove filtered BOD5. Disinfection, as indicated by E.coli removal; was reduced, however, further research on virus removal, which is not affected by culture pH, is required. These preliminary findings indicate the potential to scrub CO2 from biogas using high rate pond water without decreasing the effectiveness of wastewater treatment and enabling increased recovery of wastewater nutrients as algal biomass.

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