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Submerged Membrane Electro-Bioreactor (SMEBR) Reduces Membrane Fouling and Achieves Phosphorus Removal

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The occurrence of membrane fouling is still the major factor hindering the wide-spread use of membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology. Furthermore, enhanced biological phosphorous removal would be limited in MBRs applications. The main objective of this study was to develop the Submerged Membrane Electro-Bioreactor (SMEBR), for decreasing the fouling rate and increasing the performance in term of phosphorus removal. Combining biological, membrane and electrochemical processes in one operation SMEBR unit has achieved 52 % reduction in membrane fouling and more than 98% efficiency of PO4-P removal.

Keywords: Electrocoagulation; Membrane fouling; Phosphorous removal; Submerged Membrane Electro-bioreactor

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2009

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