In the past, wastewater treatment plants were designed to optimise treatment performance to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. Solids management accounts for 20-30 per cent of total plant energy demand. This project will assess solids treatment and transportation / end-use scenarios to better understand the interrelationships and dependencies between energy (usage and generation), treatment processing, transportation and land utilisation in terms of reducing CO2 emissions and optimising energy efficiency.
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RP2008: Wastewater Biosolids
Publications related to this project
The implications of climate change and the end of the fossil fuel era suggest that we are entering a period of major, transformative, change requiring the restructure of the most fundamental systems for urban living. But rapid structural change is hard to negotiate within existing communities.
High flows of sulfur through wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) may cause noxious gaseous emissions, corrosion of infrastructure, inhibit wastewater microbial communities, or contribute to acid rain if the biosolids or biogas is combusted. Yet, sulfur is an important agricultural nutrient and...
This study seeks to address this data gap by presenting a suite of high quality, process-level life cycle inventory data covering a range of solids line wastewater treatment processes, extending from primary treatment through to biosolids reuse in agriculture.
In this study, a survey to water industry personnel was distributed to three Australian water utilities in South-Eastern Australia and a semi-structured interview process was carried out with plant managers at six wastewater treatment plants.
This survey investigated the area of effect for wastewater treatment plants by using stratified random sampling techniques that radiated from the industrial areas.
By using the information gathered from this research, as well as odour testing workshops for a wastewater treatment plant's staff and community surrounding the facility, the CRCLCL researchers established a communicative system, which was subsequently incorporated into an online dynamic...
Despite the enormous amount of research involved in odour detection and abatement, as well as the creation of several distinct methodologies, there has yet been no definitive procedure to evaluate odour impact on communities, as well as community response. This paper is a review of the...
In this paper the impact of different emission compositions on both activated carbon and biologically based odour abatement systems are discussed.
This paper demonstrates how Odour Wheels can be prepared using chemical and olfactory measurements and then used to communicate olfactory properties, as well as identify the causes of nuisance emissions throughout biosolids processing at wastewater treatment plants.
The objectives for this study reported in Water Science & Technology were to identify volatile organic compounds (VOCs) associated with anaerobically stabilised biosolids, map emissions as the biosolids are stored and to identify sensorially relevant VOCs that...
This study aims to evaluate how emissions are affected by different biosolids processing configurations, and if any non-sulfur VOCs should be included in odour measurement and management.
These findings, published in the journal Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology suggest that not only should the operational performance of biosolids processing before, during and after stabilization be reported, but that the biosolids management systems should...
This study pupblished in Water Research seeks to address this data gap by presenting a suite of high quality, process-level life cycle inventory data covering a range of solids line wastewater treatment processes, extending from primary treatment through to biosolids reuse in agriculture...
Student poster - Participants Annual Forum 2015 - Norman Goh
Student Poster – Participants Annual Forum 2015 – Ruth Fisher
Beneficial re-use of biosolids – environmental impacts
Student poster - Participants Annual Forum 2015 - James Hayes
Beneficial re-use of biosolids - commmunity engagement
Research Snapshot A3 size poster from Participants Annual Forum 2014
Student Poster - Particiapants Annual Forum 2014, Ruth Fisher - Size A2
Student Poster - Participants Annua Forum 2014, James Hayes - Size A2
Student Poster - Participants Annual Forum 2014, Chin How Goh - Size A2