Title: Elimination of phenols, ammonia and cyanide in wash water from biomass gasification, and nitrogen recycling using planted trickling filters
Authors : Graber, Andreas
Skvarc, Robert
Junge-Berberović, Ranka
Published in : Water Science and Technology
Volume(Issue) : 60
Issue : 12
Pages : 3253
Pages to: 3259
Publisher / Ed. Institution : IWA Publishing
Issue Date: 2009
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Phenols; Ornamental plants; Trickling filter
Subject (DDC) : 363: Environmental and security problems
Abstract: Trickling filters were used to treat wash water from a wood gasifier. This wash water contained toxic substances such as ammonium, cyanide, phenols, and PAH. The goal was to develop a system that degraded toxic substances, and achieved full nitrification of ammonia. A 1 kW model wood gasifier plant delivered wash water for the experiments, which was standardized to a conductivity of 3 mS/cm by dilution. Toxicity was assessed by bacterial luminescence detection, germination test with cress (Lepidium sativum), and pot plants cultivated in a hydroponic setup irrigated continuously with the wastewater. Treatment experiments were done both in planted and unplanted trickling filters. Plant yield was similar to conventional hydroponic production systems. The trickling filters achieved complete detoxification of phenol, PAH and cyanide as well as full nitrification. The specific elimination rates were 100 g m-3 Leca d-1 for phenols and 90 g m-3 Leca d-1 for ammonium in planted systems. In unplanted trickling filters circulated for 63 h, phenol concentration decreased from 83.5 mg/l to 2.5 mg/l and cyanide concentration from 0.32 mg/l to 0.02 mg/l. PAH concentrations were reduced from 3,050 µg/l to 0.89 µg/l within 68 days. The assays demonstrated the feasibility of using the technique to construct a treatment system in a partially closed circulation for gasifier wash water. The principal advantage is to convert toxic effluents from biomass gasifiers into a non-toxic, nitrogen-rich fertilizer water, enabling subsequent use in plant production and thus income generation. However, the questions of long-term performance and possible accumulation of phenols and heavy metals in the produce still have to be studied.
Departement: Life Sciences und Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.2166/wst.2009.728
ISSN: 0273-1223
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/2657
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