TITLE

Investigation of Nitrification and Nitrogen Removal from Centrate in a Submerged Attached-Growth Bioreactor

AUTHOR(S)
Pedros, P. B.; Onnis-Hayden, A.; Tyler, Charles
PUB. DATE
March 2008
SOURCE
Water Environment Research (10614303);Mar2008, Vol. 80 Issue 3, p222
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The purpose of this study was to investigate the nitrification and nitrogen removal from centrate produced in the dewatering process of anaerobically digested sludge, using a single-unit, single-zone submerged attached-growth bioreactor. The nitrogen loading varied from 0.54 to 1.51 kg-N/m³ ⋅ d. Stable ammonia oxidation (nitritification) to nitrite was demonstrated. A nitritification efficiency of 98% was achieved, while the denitrification efficiency varied from 84 to 99% (with methanol). The average total nitrogen removal was 85%. Inhibition of nitrite oxidation by a limited penetration of dissolved oxygen into the biofilm and free ammonia resulted in the accumulation of nitrite, while inhibition of ammonia oxidation by free nitrous acid did not occur. The quantity of biomass, in terms of volatile solids, ranged from 10123 to 16034 mg-VS/L of media.
ACCESSION #
32110651

 

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