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1 (Selected) Technology trends within water and waste water treatment Harsha Ratnaweera Professor in Water & Wastewater Technology Norwegian University of Life Sciences

2 Outline Market drivers Technological sectors –Particle separation (Membranes & sieves) –Biological processes – next generation –Disinfection (Advanced and safer oxidation) –Reuse of water and resources (energy) –Optimal transport (leakage minimisation) –Residuals management –Smart water systems (sensors, software, real-time control)

3 Market drivers for global water investments (and developments)

4 Access to safe drinking water  Availability Access to safe drinking water 

5 Ratio of wastewater treatment 71 main Indian cities produce 70 million m3 ww/day (132 mill m3/d in 2050), but the treatment capacity is 12 million m3/d…

6 Global water market Frost & Sullivan

7 Drivers and responses With stricter nutrient standards, –investment for filtration has increased in recent years With strained water resources globally, –water reuse has increased increased pressure to move to inherently safer technologies: –Innovative disinfection New legislations –Increased treatment requirements –Ballast water treatment ($30 billion global market)

8 Mega trends in water industry: 2020

9 Technology focus Frost & Sullivan

10 Technological developments

11 Particle separation From nutrients to colloids Distribute the loading on unit processes optimally –Fine sieves to remove more particles reducing load on biological & chemical processes –Membrane filtration to remove more and non- traditional pollutants cheaper and more efficiently Reducing the plant footprint, energy – chemical- manpower use

12 Particle removal Fine Sieves: 40-60% of organic fraction of TSS are from toilet paper tissues Majority can be removed with sieves >500 microns. Combination of sieves with chemicals Salsnes/Trojan: 50% TSS & 20% BOD removal

13 Reduction of plant footprints

14 Frank Rogalla, Aqualia Reduction of plant footprint BAF – Biological Aerated Filters: Biostyr 1 500 000 PE Biostyr 1 500 000 PE Activated Sludge

15 Reduction of plant footprint Membrane bio-reactors 15

16 MBBR – Continuous flow intermittent cleaning Biowater- CFIC MBBRAS CFIC

17 Reducing footprint of separation stage Actiflow: from 2 hours to 10-20 mins Polymers??

18 Advances in biological treatment Nitrogen cycle revisited Short cut in N-removal No need for external C- source Must prevent NO 2  NO 3 Slow growing organisms

19 High cost of aeration in Aerobic systems Historically AN was not popular due to low concentrations in municipal WW, slow growth etc. Anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR): no gravity settling, small footprint and short HRT Advances in biological treatment Anaerobic WWTP revisited

20 Enzymology in Biological WWT Use of selective enzymes in biological WWT –Can shorten the space requirement by 50% in cold climates –Faster start-up –Less odour –Controlling filamentous microorganisms

21 Disinfection Safer, cheaper and more efficient..

22 UV disinfection CFD for optimised contact Medium pressure lamps with quartz coating: >12000 hrs LED technology: >100 000 hrs (>11 years) Use of microwaves to energise the UV lamps without electrodes: dramatically improvement in footprint Better understanding of D10 doses for various microorganisms Combatting reactivation Disinfection by-products: no THMs, but more exotic ones?


24 Reuse of water Recycled water is becoming to be recognized as a beneficial resource and not a waste lost in the ocean –Policy targets and mandatory reuse –20 to 100% recycling ratio of treated wastewater (California, Cyprus, Florida, Israel, Spain) –satisfy up to 15-35% of water demand (Australia, Singapore)


26 Membrane technologies Membrane bioreactors for wastewater treatment –reactor geometry, the hydrodynamics and placement of membrane modules and the overall operating parameters. membranes for desalination –Pre- treatment methods –CFD to optimize module characteristics (mass transport rates, limited fouling/scaling tendencies, less energy) Seawater desalination with solar-power

27 Forward osmosis Emergency drinks, water in space shuttles, desalination, evaporative cooling water

28 Nano technology Nanoadsorbents, magnetic nanoparticles, nanofiltration, nano zero valent iron, nanocatalysts, nanobiocides, nanofibers and mixed technology including catalytic wet air oxidation along with nanoparticles are the products and techniques which are evolved as a result of development in nanotechnology and are being used in wastewater treatment. –Removal of highly toxic matter when present in very low concentrations (membranes doped with TiO2 photocatalysts activated by sunlight

29 Microfluidics- removal of toxins In a microfluidic device, fluids flow through narrow channels at high speeds- the particles flow single file within the channel: possible to select & separate. Membrane filtration systems

30 Phosphorus crisis Coagulation – reduces the plant availability of phosphorous –After treatment of sludge –Struvite (magnesium ammonium phosphate) production –Reduce Al/Fe use

31 Residuals management Sludge production and use in agriculture Norway 100 000t 83% China 10 000 000t

32 Thermal conversion –Gasification and pyrolysis (TS of 10-50% instead of 90%) –Supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) process (wet oxidation/ wet combustion): makes sludge highly soluble and homogeneous: small footprints, inert residuals, less sludge & emissions –Steam explosion (Cambi) Biogas production


34 Biofuels from microalgae. EU FP7 All-gas project

35 Distribution and transport systems

36 Real-time surveillance and control Predictive network modelling and optimisation capabilities to asses the effects of operational or physical changes in system performance and integrity –Real-time network models –Real-time operational optimisation models (anomality detection) Smart IT technologies will become an integral component of modern water networks in the 21 st century earlier detection Approximate location from data simulations

37 Sewer systems

38 Coping with climate change More and frequent rains –Overloaded sewers and WWTPs will have even more challenges. How to cope with the need? –Infrastructure expansions –Soft approaches: real time control of sewers and WWTPs (Regnbyge-3M)


40 Novel sensors and estimation tools Water quantity- using weather radar and physical measurements Models to estimate water quality with simpler measurements (flow, etc) Advanced data processing Remote surveillance & control Image analysis Novel technologies for cheaper and faster detection Bioindicators

41 Optimal dosages and images of flocs Floc features detection limit GLCM

42 A period of many changes with lot of room for new developments Paradigm shift

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