Odour Reduction in a High Salt Intrusion Sanitation System

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Astigarraga    The Ondarroa WWTP receives wastewater with a very high salt load due to marine intrusion and discharges from canning industries. The high levels of SH2 in the network and in the WWTP cause serious problems of safety, odour and equipment degradation. To solve this, action has been taken in the network, reducing the contribution of sulphates at source by separating networks, reprogramming pumping and improving the management of waste from the canneries.

    At the WWTP, the water sheets have been confined, the filter presses have been replaced by centrifuges, the interior ventilation has been modelled using CFD and deodorisation has been installed consisting of two stages (biotrickling + activated carbon) for the confined atmospheres and one stage (activated carbon) for the ambient air.

New and more environmentally efficient chemical adsorbents

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Balfagon   The use of activated carbon has been and still is common practice in deodorization installations, as it is one of the technologies that requires the lowest initial investment, as well as little maintenance. The current situation, in which the price of this raw material is rising steadily, has led to the search for new alternatives for chemical adsorbents that allows to eliminate or minimize the use of activated carbon, while maintaining or even improving its performance.

    This study aims to present alternatives to activated carbon and compare the filtration efficiency, both in capacity and reaction rate, for hydrogen sulfide, as well as their physical characteristics. The carbon footprints of each type of adsorbent being used will also be compared. The use of nearby raw materials, together with chemical engineering for the development of these new products, makes it possible to achieve better chemical adsorbents, less pollutants, more competitive prices and what is also important, more stable prices.


Advanced photo-biotechnology for the simultaneous control of VOCs, odours and GHGs emissions in municipal solid waste treatment plants

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37 001   Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), commonly found in the atmosphere, are odorous compounds with negative effects on human and environment. VOCs and odours emitted from industrial sources have been demonstrated as hazardous and annoying compounds which may cause negative effects on humans and environment.

   The control of these compounds is therefore a key action by the plant managers in order to avoid complaints and negative impacts. In this study, microalgae and bacteria were implemented in a vertical tubular photobioreactor for the biodegradation of toluene, used as model VOC. Chlorella vulgaris strain was chosen as photosynthetic platform due to their high adaptability to adverse environmental conditions.

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