MAB2.0 project: Integrating algae production into wastewater treatment

B.J. Nagy, Magdolna Mako, Istvan Erdelyi , Fabian Abiusi, J.H. Reith, L.A.M. van den Broek

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Abstract

Different species of microalgae are highly efficient in removing nutrients from wastewater streams and are able to grow using flue gas as a CO2 source. These features indicate that application of microalgae has a promising outlook in wastewater treatment. However, practical aspects and process of integration of algae cultivation into an existing wastewater treatment line have not been investigated. The Climate-KIC co-funded Microalgae Biorefinery 2.0 project developed and demonstrated this integration process through a case study. The purpose of this paper is to introduce this process by phases and protocols, as well as report on the challenges and bottlenecks identified in the case study. These standardized technical protocols detailed in the paper help to assess different aspects of integration including biological aspects such as strain selection, as well as economic and environmental impacts. This process is necessary to guide wastewater treatment plants through the integration of algae cultivation, as unfavourable parameters of the different wastewater related feedstock streams need specific attention and management. In order to obtain compelling designs, more emphasis needs to be put on the engineering aspects of integration. Well-designed integration can lead to operational cost saving and proper feedstock treatment enabling algae growth.
LanguageEnglish
Pages10–23
Number of pages14
JournalThe EurBiotech Journal
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Fingerprint

Algae
Wastewater treatment
Feedstocks
Wastewater
Flue gases
Nutrients
Environmental impact
Economics
Costs

Cite this

@article{8a2aed38bd6f4f099183c195f5e2a205,
title = "MAB2.0 project: Integrating algae production into wastewater treatment",
abstract = "Different species of microalgae are highly efficient in removing nutrients from wastewater streams and are able to grow using flue gas as a CO2 source. These features indicate that application of microalgae has a promising outlook in wastewater treatment. However, practical aspects and process of integration of algae cultivation into an existing wastewater treatment line have not been investigated. The Climate-KIC co-funded Microalgae Biorefinery 2.0 project developed and demonstrated this integration process through a case study. The purpose of this paper is to introduce this process by phases and protocols, as well as report on the challenges and bottlenecks identified in the case study. These standardized technical protocols detailed in the paper help to assess different aspects of integration including biological aspects such as strain selection, as well as economic and environmental impacts. This process is necessary to guide wastewater treatment plants through the integration of algae cultivation, as unfavourable parameters of the different wastewater related feedstock streams need specific attention and management. In order to obtain compelling designs, more emphasis needs to be put on the engineering aspects of integration. Well-designed integration can lead to operational cost saving and proper feedstock treatment enabling algae growth.",
author = "B.J. Nagy and Magdolna Mako and Istvan Erdelyi and Fabian Abiusi and J.H. Reith and {van den Broek}, L.A.M.",
year = "2018",
doi = "10.2478/ebtj-2018-0003",
language = "English",
volume = "2",
pages = "10–23",
journal = "The EurBiotech Journal",
issn = "2564-615X",
publisher = "De Gruyter",
number = "1",

}

MAB2.0 project: Integrating algae production into wastewater treatment. / Nagy, B.J.; Mako, Magdolna; Erdelyi , Istvan; Abiusi, Fabian; Reith, J.H.; van den Broek, L.A.M.

In: The EurBiotech Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2018, p. 10–23.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - MAB2.0 project: Integrating algae production into wastewater treatment

AU - Nagy, B.J.

AU - Mako, Magdolna

AU - Erdelyi , Istvan

AU - Abiusi, Fabian

AU - Reith, J.H.

AU - van den Broek, L.A.M.

PY - 2018

Y1 - 2018

N2 - Different species of microalgae are highly efficient in removing nutrients from wastewater streams and are able to grow using flue gas as a CO2 source. These features indicate that application of microalgae has a promising outlook in wastewater treatment. However, practical aspects and process of integration of algae cultivation into an existing wastewater treatment line have not been investigated. The Climate-KIC co-funded Microalgae Biorefinery 2.0 project developed and demonstrated this integration process through a case study. The purpose of this paper is to introduce this process by phases and protocols, as well as report on the challenges and bottlenecks identified in the case study. These standardized technical protocols detailed in the paper help to assess different aspects of integration including biological aspects such as strain selection, as well as economic and environmental impacts. This process is necessary to guide wastewater treatment plants through the integration of algae cultivation, as unfavourable parameters of the different wastewater related feedstock streams need specific attention and management. In order to obtain compelling designs, more emphasis needs to be put on the engineering aspects of integration. Well-designed integration can lead to operational cost saving and proper feedstock treatment enabling algae growth.

AB - Different species of microalgae are highly efficient in removing nutrients from wastewater streams and are able to grow using flue gas as a CO2 source. These features indicate that application of microalgae has a promising outlook in wastewater treatment. However, practical aspects and process of integration of algae cultivation into an existing wastewater treatment line have not been investigated. The Climate-KIC co-funded Microalgae Biorefinery 2.0 project developed and demonstrated this integration process through a case study. The purpose of this paper is to introduce this process by phases and protocols, as well as report on the challenges and bottlenecks identified in the case study. These standardized technical protocols detailed in the paper help to assess different aspects of integration including biological aspects such as strain selection, as well as economic and environmental impacts. This process is necessary to guide wastewater treatment plants through the integration of algae cultivation, as unfavourable parameters of the different wastewater related feedstock streams need specific attention and management. In order to obtain compelling designs, more emphasis needs to be put on the engineering aspects of integration. Well-designed integration can lead to operational cost saving and proper feedstock treatment enabling algae growth.

UR - https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/ebtj.2018.2.issue-1/ebtj-2018-0003/ebtj-2018-0003.xml

U2 - 10.2478/ebtj-2018-0003

DO - 10.2478/ebtj-2018-0003

M3 - Article

VL - 2

SP - 10

EP - 23

JO - The EurBiotech Journal

T2 - The EurBiotech Journal

JF - The EurBiotech Journal

SN - 2564-615X

IS - 1

ER -