bioreactor facility Articles

  • Energy Usage and Control at a Membrane Bioreactor Facility

    Membrane bioreactor (MBR) treatment has come of age in the United States, and is now considered for advanced treatment on facilities of 15 mgd and more. It offers the advantages of high clarity effluent without secondary clarifiers or filters, and the capability to perform in a very compact layout and configuration. As utility agencies consider MBR treatment, they may tend to overlook its high ...

  • Membrane Bioreactor Pilot

    The problem A company which produces a product that requires a constant supply of relatively clean water is planning to expand by adding new process units online.  The plant currently uses well water as a supply to its production.  The water production from the well is limited.  They need to install a system to produce reuse water to reduce the amount of water required ...


    By Dynatec Systems Inc.

  • Membrane Bioreactor for Retirement Community

    The facility: Glen Meadows is a retirement community located next to Gunpowder Falls State Park in north-central Maryland’s open country.  The community has Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation facilities. The problem: The facility has grown significantly over the years. At first, a septic system ...


    By Dynatec Systems Inc.

  • Pretreatment Requirements for Membrane Bioreactors

    Adequate pretreatment including fine screening is essential to the stable, long-term operation of membrane bioreactors (MBR) used to treat municipal wastewater. The amount of screenings generated by a screen with 1-2 mm size openings ranges between 10-25 dry mg/L. The cost of fine screening represents less than 3% of the total investment cost for a MBR-based wastewater treatment facility. Case ...

  • Membrane Bioreactor for Sanitary Landfill

    The Problem The county of Warren NJ owns and operates a sanitary landfill in Oxford Twp, NJ. The facility generates an average of 50,000 gallons per day of leachate, with peaks to 100,000 gallons per day. The facility was discharging to a local POTW from their lagoon, but they were facing requirements for nitrogen removal from the POTW and needed a new system to provide ...


    By Dynatec Systems Inc.

  • Membrane Bioreactor for National Park

    The problem: Assateague Island is a barrier island that stretches from the Eastern shore of Maryland down Atlantic coast to Virginia. The island is a National Park, administered by the National Park Service, under the National Seashore division. Assateague Island is a vital resting and feeding area for birds and also is home to more than 300 wild ponies. The park receives about 1 ...


    By Dynatec Systems Inc.

  • Tomato Processor Pilot Bioreactor

    98% Average Reduction in BOD & TSS A tomato processing facility was required by the city to reduce BOD from 4,000 ppm to 200 ppm. Integrated Engineers proposed a small scale Bioreactor to prove the effectiveness of the activated sludge process on the customer’s wastewater as well as establishing the parameters for a full scale system design. The trailer mounted ...


    By Integrated Engineers Inc.

  • Redundancy and Reliability – The 5th Generation of Membrane Bioreactor Design

    Membrane bioreactor (MBR) facility designs have progressed through four generations of development (Crawford et al, 2001). The four generations are generally described as evolving from long Solids Retention Time (SRT) package plants, to the inclusion of nutrient removal (total nitrogen and/or phosphorus), to equipment and facility design optimization by reducing both the SRT and the Mixed Liquor ...

  • Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal within Membrane Bioreactors

    Several Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) facilities have been constructed with the intent of providing Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal (EBPR), and several additional such plants are being designed and constructed. Full-scale plant information is now available for process designers to better understand the unique design and operating issues associated with the incorporation of EBPR designs in ...

  • “New” Bioreactor Landfill Technology is 20 Years Old

    Municipal solid waste landfills have gradually evolved to engineered, anaerobic, dry-tomb facilities designed to protect the environment. They present, however, long-term liabilities that require decades of care. Aerobic bioreactor technology achieves rapid stabilization of waste and offers many advantages over conventional sites, including the elimination of methane, a major greenhouse gas. The ...


    By SPL-Beatty Limited

  • A Submerged Attached Growth Bioreactor for Decentralized Wastewater Treatment

    ABSTRACTThe Amphidrome® process is a submerged attached growth bioreactor (SAGB) that has been used in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Jersey for decentralized wastewater treatment systems ranging in size from 440 gpd to 150,000 gpd. The two primary advantages of a SAGB are the small volume requirement and the elimination of downstream clarification. Five years of data from four ...

  • Membrane Bioreactor for Water Mining in New York City

    The Facility The Helena, which opened in late 2005, is an apartment building that offers more than amenities, views, and nice finishes. Behind the $100 million tower’s gleaming glass and metal skin is a serious high-performance building. Its owner and designers say the Helena will annually use 65 percent of the energy and one-third of the potable water of comparable ...


    By Dynatec Systems Inc.

  • Brightwater: The Design Challenges of a 39 mgd (150 MLD) Membrane Bioreactor

    Many Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) facilities have been constructed in North America, however to date the largest operating MBR facility in Traverse City MI has had a maximum month capacity of 8.5 mgd (32 MLD). The Brightwater MBR plant, now under construction in King County, Washington, is designed to have a maximum continuous capacity of 39 mgd (148 MLD), with a peak MBR treatment capacity of 57 ...

  • 600 MLD Membrane Bioreactor for Tertiary Nitrification in Hamilton, Ontario

    The City of Hamilton is faced with increasing pressure from growth and development, greater wet weather treatment needs, and stringent effluent targets. In order to address these challenges, the City of Hamilton has initiated an ambitious program to identify alternative upgrade options for the Woodward Avenue WWTP. One of the alternatives identified for further investigation is a tertiary ...

  • Performance of pilot submerged membrane bioreactor treatment systems in girdwood, Alaska

    ABSTRACT The Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility (AWWU) has conducted pilot testing of an Enviroquip submerged membrane bioreactor (SMBR) and a ZENON SMBR at the Girdwood Wastewater Treatment Facility (GWWTF) located in Girdwood, Alaska. The Girdwood wastewater is unique relative to other municipal wastewaters in that it is dilute, weak and typically low-temperature. This paper summarizes ...

  • Improving biological phosphorus removal in membrane bioreactors – a pilot study

    With increasing water reuse applications and possible stringent regulations of phosphorus content in secondary and tertiary effluent discharge in Florida, USA, alternative technologies beyond conventional treatment processes require implementation to achieve low phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) concentrations. A pilot scale membrane bioreactor (MBR) system, operated in Florida, adopted the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Cost comparison of full-scale water reclamation technologies with an emphasis on membrane bioreactors

    The paper assesses the costs of full-scale membrane bioreactors (MBRs). Capital expenditures (CAPEX) and operating expenses (OPEX) of Spanish MBR facilities have been verified and compared to activated sludge plants (CAS) using water reclamation treatment (both conventional and advanced). Spanish MBR facilities require a production of 0.6 to 1.2 kWh per m3, while extended aeration (EA) and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Can a moving bed bioreactor reduce toxicity of complex industrial wastewater?

    MeadWestvaco Corporation in DeRidder, Louisiana refines crude tall oil (a byproduct of black liquor) to produce a variety of specialty chemicals products. The facility generates approximately 0.46 million gallons per day (mgd) of wastewater that require treatment for total recoverable phenols (TRP), chemical oxygen demand (COD), biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), and whole effluent toxicity (WET). ...

  • Full-scale experience with the membrane bioreactor-reverse osmosis water reclamation process

    The Gippsland Water Factory (GWF), owned and operated by Gippsland Water in south eastern Australia, is a 35,000 m3/day water reclamation facility which treats 16,000 m3/day of domestic wastewater and 19,000 m3/day of industrial (pulp and paper) wastewater through parallel membrane-bioreactor (MBR)-based treatment trains prior to discharge to the Pacific Ocean via the Regional ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Comparison of Biofouling Control in a Membrane Bioreactor Via Two Coarse Bubble Aeration Cycles

    In the membrane bioreactor (MBR) process, coarse bubble aeration is used to scour the surface of the membranes to help control biofouling. Energy required for coarse bubble aeration represents a significant fraction of the total power demand for these systems. To reduce this demand, MBR systems manufactured by Zenon Environmental Inc. operate with cyclic aeration, using a cycle of 10 seconds on ...

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