Characterizing, categorizing, and communicating next-generation nutrient removal processes for resource efficiency

Anna Kogler*, McKenna Farmer, Julia Simon, Zhihao Cheng, Xiaohan Shao, Thrasivoulos Panayiotou, Dimitrios Katehis, Sebastien Tilmans, George Wells, William Tarpeh

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Reliable nutrient removal must be achieved with fewer inputs (e.g., energy, chemicals) and reduced environmental impacts (e.g., life-cycle emissions) to prevent nutrient-induced eutrophication. Implementation of next-generation nutrient management requires comprehensive synthesis of information about nutrient technologies. This study analyzed 154 technologies and surveyed practitioners to understand nutrient removal practices and facilitators of technology adoption. Nutrient technologies were characterized by standard metrics and classified into category sets describing process traits and anticipated benefits and obstacles. This analysis standardized reporting on nutrient technologies to help practitioners select technologies and researchers benchmark their work against other technologies. Future research objectives were prioritized, and practitioner input was integrated throughout the review to increase relevance of results. The study revealed a need for a database that compiles existing information about nutrient technologies and is continually updated with results of future multi-scale, interdisciplinary studies. These results will accelerate development and adoption of next-generation nutrient technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages2564-2601
Number of pages38
StatePublished - 2020
Event93rd Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference 2020, WEFTEC 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Oct 5 2020Oct 9 2020

Conference

Conference93rd Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference 2020, WEFTEC 2020
CityVirtual, Online
Period10/5/2010/9/20

Keywords

  • Nitrogen
  • Nutrient Recovery
  • Phosphorus
  • Resource Recovery
  • Technology Diffusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecological Modeling
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Water Science and Technology

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