Balancing carbon/nitrogen ratio to improve nutrients removal and algal biomass production in piggery and brewery wastewaters.

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Bioresource technology, ISSN: 1873-2976, Vol: 249, Page: 479-486

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Zheng, Hongli, Liu, Mingzhi, Lu, Qian, Wu, Xiaodan, Ma, Yiwei, Cheng, Yanling, Addy, Min, Liu, Yuhuan, Ruan, Roger
Elsevier BV
Chemical Engineering, Environmental Science, Energy
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To improve nutrients removal from wastewaters and enhance algal biomass production, piggery wastewater was mixed with brewery wastewaters. The results showed that it was a promising way to cultivate microalga in piggery and brewery wastewaters by balancing the carbon/nitrogen ratio. The optimal treatment condition for the mixed piggery-brewery wastewater using microalga was piggery wastewater mixed with brewery packaging wastewater by 1:5 at pH 7.0, resulting in carbon/nitrogen ratio of 7.9, with the biomass concentration of 2.85 g L, and the removal of 100% ammonia, 96% of total nitrogen, 90% of total phosphorus, and 93% of chemical oxygen demand. The application of the established strategies can enhance nutrient removal efficiency of the wastewaters while reducing microalgal biomass production costs.

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