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Full-scale validation of an air scour control system for energy savings in membrane bioreactors

Membrane aeration represents between 35 and 50% of the operational cost of membrane bioreactors (MBR). New automatic control systems and/or module configurations have been developed for aeration optimization. In this paper, we briefly describe an innovative MBR air scour control system based on permeability evolution and present the results of a full-scale validation that lasted over a 1-year period. An average reduction in the air scour flow rate of 13% was achieved, limiting the maximum reduction to 20%. This averaged reduction corresponded to a decrease in energy consumption for membrane aeration of 14% (0.025kWhm-3) with maximum saving rates of 22% (0.04kWhm-3). Permeability and fouling rate evolution were not affected by the air scour control system, as very similar behavior was observed for these variables for both filtration lines throughout the entire experimental evaluation period of 1 year

This project was financed by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (CDTI- IDI20110304, CTM2012-38314-C02-01 and PCIN-2013-074). The work leading to this invention has also received funding from the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union (FP7/2007e2013, under REA agreements 289193 (SANITAS), from ACCI O (REA agreement 600388, TECNIOSPRING) and by the Catalan Agency for the Technical Valorisation (VALOR 2010-00170). The authors would like to thank the staff of La Bisbal d’Empord à WWTP (DAM Aguas), Ivan Brun and Sergi Casas (LEQUIA-UdG) for their support during the project. LEQUIA has been recognized as consolidated research group by the Catalan Government with code 2014-SGR-1168

© Water Research, 2015, vol. 79, p. 1-9

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Manager: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (Espanya)
Author: Monclús Sales, Hèctor
Dalmau Figueras, Montserrat
Gabarrón Fernández, Sara
Ferrero, Giuliana
Rodríguez-Roda Layret, Ignasi
Comas Matas, Joaquim
Date: 2015 April 17
Abstract: Membrane aeration represents between 35 and 50% of the operational cost of membrane bioreactors (MBR). New automatic control systems and/or module configurations have been developed for aeration optimization. In this paper, we briefly describe an innovative MBR air scour control system based on permeability evolution and present the results of a full-scale validation that lasted over a 1-year period. An average reduction in the air scour flow rate of 13% was achieved, limiting the maximum reduction to 20%. This averaged reduction corresponded to a decrease in energy consumption for membrane aeration of 14% (0.025kWhm-3) with maximum saving rates of 22% (0.04kWhm-3). Permeability and fouling rate evolution were not affected by the air scour control system, as very similar behavior was observed for these variables for both filtration lines throughout the entire experimental evaluation period of 1 year
This project was financed by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (CDTI- IDI20110304, CTM2012-38314-C02-01 and PCIN-2013-074). The work leading to this invention has also received funding from the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union (FP7/2007e2013, under REA agreements 289193 (SANITAS), from ACCI O (REA agreement 600388, TECNIOSPRING) and by the Catalan Agency for the Technical Valorisation (VALOR 2010-00170). The authors would like to thank the staff of La Bisbal d’Empord à WWTP (DAM Aguas), Ivan Brun and Sergi Casas (LEQUIA-UdG) for their support during the project. LEQUIA has been recognized as consolidated research group by the Catalan Government with code 2014-SGR-1168
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Citation: 023490
ISSN: 0043-1354 (versió paper)
1879-2448 (versió electrònica)
Document access: http://hdl.handle.net/10256/12611
Language: eng
Publisher: Elsevier
Collection: MINECO/PN 2012-2015/CTM2012-38314-C0201
Reproducció digital del document publicat a: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2015.03.032
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Is part of: © Water Research, 2015, vol. 79, p. 1-9
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Subject: Reactors de membrana
Membrane reactors
Membranes (Tecnologia)
Membranes (Technology)
Bioreactors -- Control automàtic
Bioreactors -- Automatic control
Title: Full-scale validation of an air scour control system for energy savings in membrane bioreactors
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