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Title: Energy balance calculations for an anaerobic membrane bioreactor
Authors: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (U.S.)
Feickert, Carl A.
Guy, Kathryn A.
Page, Martin A.
Keywords: Wastewater treatment plant (WWTP)
Energy efficiency
Anaerobic membrane bioreactor technology
Power generation
Publisher: Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Special Report
Abstract: For the Army of the 21st Century, energy and water have become premium resources that must be conserved. Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) at both domestic installations and forward operating bases are net users of energy. Energy costs can account for 30% of the total operation and maintenance costs of WWTPs. Further secondary treatment processes for the removal of organic matter and nitrogen based compounds including ammonia account for 60% of a WWTP’s energy consumption. A new research effort described here, employing an anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) technology, will offer a more efficient method for the removal of organics. Ammonia in the AnMBR effluent will be subsequently treated using novel methods, replacing current energy intensive treatments options. This report has delineated the flow of energy through the AnMBR system as a preliminary and necessary step to assess the integrated system’s design and efficiency.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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