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Mass transfer enhancement and improved nitrification in MABR through specific membrane configuration

Abstract: One of the main energy consumptions in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) is due to the oxygenation of aerobic biological processes. In order to approach to an energy self-sufficient scenario in WWTPs, Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactors (MABRs) provide a good opportunity to reduce the impact of aeration on the global energy balance. However, mass transfer limitations derived from poor flow distribution must be tackled to take advantage of this technology. In this work, in order to improve mass transfer between biofilm and bulk water, a specific configuration was developed and studied at laboratory scale, aimed at compactness, energy efficiency and high nitrification rates. Nitrification rates were higher in the innovative configuration than in the conventional one, achieving a Volumetric Nitrification Rate (VNR) as high as 575.84-g NH4-N m-8722;3 d-8722;1, which is comparable with confirmed technologies. Regarding energy consumption due to aeration, a reduction of 83.7% was reached in comparison with aeration through diffusers with the same Oxygen Transfer Efficiency (OTE). These results highlight the importance of hydrodynamic conditions and the membranes configuration on treatment performance.

 Fuente: Water Research, 2019, 152, 1-11.

 Editorial: Elsevier Limited

 Fecha de publicación: 01/01/2019

 Nº de páginas: 11

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2019.01.001

 ISSN: 0043-1354,1879-2448

 Proyecto español: NOVEDAR (CTQ2016-81979-REDC) ; PBi2 (CTM2012-36227)

 Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2019.01.001