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Tannery Effluent Treatment


Foul odours and the presence of heavy metals characterises this wastewater and can biologically be treated with an Evaporation Algal Ponding System.

To biologically treat tannery effluent, the cultivation of Spirulina and Dunaliella in evaporative ponding systems addresses odours by the formation of “photosynthetic oxygen capping” on the water surface.  This effectively traps and neutralises odour compounds such as mercaptans.

Furthermore, the alkaline algal water is recirculated to induce the precipitation of heavy metals in a dedicated upstream facultative pond.


Waste recovery into biomass
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Microbial biomass: linking VALUE RECOVERY to wastewater treatment
Not only are water reuse, nutrients utilisation and energy reduction maximised via natural symbiosis found in the Biological Wastewater System like the AIPS (Algal Integrated Ponding System), but microbial biomass is additionally cultivated within the WWT plant’s ponding system. The type of microbial biomass that is cultivated depends on the specific industrial wastewater under treatment.
>>> The article shows different examples of waste recovery into biomass.… Read More


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