3W Expo is an international exhibition on water, wastewater, and waste treatment technologies held at Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Center (BITEC) in Thailand. On January 30, 2015, Graham Brown, President of ADI Systems Inc., taught a course entitled “Ethanol Plant Wastewater Treatment – Design & Operation” to a group of engaged 3W conference attendees.
Global ethanol production has skyrocketed in recent years, up from 17 billion litres in the year 2000 to 90 billion litres in 2013. This increase necessitates proper wastewater treatment, and since wastewater from ethanol plants is highly organic, it is an ideal candidate for biological treatment.
The 3W course that Graham facilitated examined the characteristics of wastewater from ethanol plants, suitable treatment methods, design considerations, as well as operational challenges associated with treatment. Graham presented the advantages and disadvantages of various aerobic wastewater treatment technologies (such as the MBR and SBR), both low-rate and high-rate anaerobic treatment technologies, andbiogas scrubbing and utilization technologies.
The course also analyzed the average operating data from five Thai beverage distillery plants that have had success using anaerobic treatment. The biogas produced during anaerobic digestion in the ADI-BVF® reactor is utilized to replace all conventional fuels used in the process, which results in energy savings and offers a significant payback on capital investment, while reducing operating costs for the distillery.
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