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Promising Research Helps Extract Hydrogen from Wastewater

Hydrogen is a critical component in the production of several commodities from plastics to fertilizers and even fuel. However, the process of harnessing hydrogen is both energy intensive and costly. Currently, a team from Princeton University is exploring the possibility of using sunlight to isolate hydrogen from a commonly available resource – wastewater. The researchers…

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Wastewater Treatment Plants as Biorefineries of the Future

With the dramatic changes brought about by climate change and increasing global population, countries are turning more towards sustainable energy and renewable materials, in order to keep up with the energy demand yet still be able to protect the planet from further damage. It is widely believed that wastewater treatment plants will play a more…

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Pharmaceutical Residues in Wastewater – Are Biosolids Safe?

The medical industry has come a long way in curing diseases that a century ago would have been a death sentence. Pharmaceutical research has resulted in breakthroughs such as antibiotics, vaccines and other life enhancing drugs not only for humans but also for animals. But because of the increasing use of medicines and limitations in…

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5 Amazing Uses of Biosolid Waste

In Canada, the United States and Europe, biosolid waste has been used on agricultural land for more than 30 years. Farms lands have been using biosolids to bring nutrients back to the soil. Below are 5 examples of how biosolid waste can be beneficial to the community and the environment. Biosolids as Agricultural Fertilizer Biosolids…

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Southern California Gas Invests in Improvement of Wastewater Treatment Technology

The California Energy Commission (CEC) will give $3 million in funding to Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) to improve its hydrothermal processing (HTP) technology to generate twice as much energy from the digestion of organic material when treating wastewater sludge thereby improving current wastewater treatment technology. Hydrothermal Processing (HTP) is a thermo-chemical method to convert…

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Sewage Treatment and Biosolids Management Trends Around Canada

Wastewater effluent is the biggest cause of water pollution Canada. But when sewage sludge is properly treated, it can be a source of nutrient-rich organic materials that can be converted in fertilizer or a source of renewable energy. Here are interesting sewage treatment and biosolids management trends around Canada. Ontario Develops Thermal Hydrolysis Digester Thermal…

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Textile Industry, One of the Causes of Water Pollution

The textile industry is reported to be one of the worst causes of water pollution in the world and continues to have a disastrous impact on the environment. Lately, fast fashion has dominated and reshaped the fashion industry and critics cite its negative environmental impact such as water pollution, the use of toxic chemicals and…

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Advantages of Using Biosolids as Agriculture Fertilizer

Wastewater, when it undergoes appropriate treatment, can be recycled into biosolids as agriculture fertilizer to improve and maintain productive soils and stimulate plant growth. Farmers and gardeners have been using biosolids for ages. The controlled land application of biosolids completes a natural cycle in the environment. In addition, by treating sewage sludge, it prevents organic…

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Biosolids to Generate Renewable Energy for Farms in the UK

Farms have had to deal with a lot of organic waste from all the livestock and crops that are otherwise not utilised as effectively as they could be. A new hybrid system from Bioplex and Controllis in the U.K. aim to utilize biosolids to generate renewable energy. What they have developed is a self-contained onsite…

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Energy from Waste to Power Drinking Water Distribution

One of the challenges of an ever-increasing population and climate change is the demand for fresh drinking water. The International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2016 estimates that the amount of energy used in the water sector will more than double over the next 25 years. This is especially troubling for developing countries who will…

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