May 15, 2010

Sustainable Sewage Treatment Plants

Researchers at Delft University of Technology have discovered a type of bacteria called Anammox that can directly destroy the ammonium into nitrogen in sewage treatment processes. The process can also generate up to 24Wh to serve sustainable sewage treatment plants.

As we all know that the sewage treatment process typically uses a variety of bacterium that convert organic matter into methane. One weakness of this process is that it can leave the waste containing ammonium into phosphates, which is further removed before the water is poured into rivers. Process that requires specific bugs is also spending a lot of electrical energy to 44 Wh per day for each person who adds waste to the sewage system.
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