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Modeling energy consumption in membrane bioreactors for wastewater treatment in north Africa.

Skouterisl, G, Arnot, TC, Jraou, M, Feki, F and Sayadi, S (2014) Modeling energy consumption in membrane bioreactors for wastewater treatment in north Africa. Water Environ Res, 86 (3). pp. 232-244.

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Abstract

Two pilot-scale membrane bioreactors were operated alongside a full-sized activated sludge plant in Tunisia in order to compare specific energy demand and treated water quality. Energy consumption rates were measured for the complete membrane bioreactor systems and for their different components. Specific energy demand was measured for the systems and compared with the activated sludge plant, which operated at around 3 kWh m(-3). A model was developed for each membrane bioreactor based on both dynamic and steady-state mass balances, microbial kinetics and stoichiometry, and energy balance. Energy consumption was evaluated as a function of mixed-liquor suspended solids concentration, net permeate fluxes, and the resultant treated water quality. This work demonstrates the potential for using membrane bioreactors in decentralised domestic water treatment in North Africa, at energy consumption levels similar or lower than conventional activated sludge systems, with the added benefit of producing treated water suitable for unrestricted crop irrigation.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Skouterisl, GUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Arnot, TCUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Jraou, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Feki, FUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sayadi, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : March 2014
Uncontrolled Keywords : Bioreactors, Conservation of Energy Resources, Models, Theoretical, Pilot Projects, Time Factors, Tunisia, Waste Disposal, Fluid, Waste Water, Water Pollutants, Chemical, Water Purification
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 13:17
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 13:17
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/838648

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