The use of a natural substrate for immobilization of microalgae cultivated in wastewater
Tomasz Garbowski , Mirosława Pietryka , Krzysztof Pulikowski , Dorota Richter
AbstractThe methods of separation of microalgae has a significant impact in the economic aspects of their cultivation. In this study, pine bark was used as a substrate for immobilization of microalgal biomass cultivated in raw municipal sewage. The experiment was conducted in cylindrical photobioreactors (PBRs) with circulation of wastewater. Biomass was cultivated for 42 days. After that time, abundant growth of the biofilm with microalgae on the surface of pine bark as well as improvement of the quality of treated sewage were observed. The efficiency of removal of nutrients from wastewater was 64-81% for total nitrogen and 97-99% for total phosphorus. Moreover, the concentration of suspended solids in sewage was reduced, which resulted in a decrease in turbidity by more than 90%. Colorimetric analysis and Volatile Matter (VM) content in the substrate showed a decrease in the Higher Heating Value (HHV) and concentration of VM due to the proliferation of biofilm.
|Journal series||Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, (N/A 140 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.5|
|License||Journal (articles only); published final; ; with publication|
|Score||= 140.0, 18-09-2020, ArticleFromJournal|
|Publication indicators||= 0; = 0; : 2016 = 1.401; : 2018 = 4.011 (2) - 2018=4.525 (5)|
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