Lab-scale innovation

Research at Wetsus focuses on improving the NEWBIES technology by investigating new concepts, developing cleaning and scaling mitigation strategies, and analysis and improving on the ammonia separation mechanisms. Therefore, a team of researchers including Mariana Rodrigues (WUR/Wetsus), Philipp Kuntke (WUR/Wetsus), Tom Sleutels (Wetsus), Annemiek Ter Heijne (WUR), Bert Hamelers (Wetsus/WUR), and Cees Busiman (WUR/Wetsus) are working together with the support of the Wetsus Resource Recovery theme.

In addition to these innovative contributions to the NEWBIES project, Wetsus also takes the lead in analysis and reporting of the pilot phases on urine and landfill leachate, by processing the liquid chemical composition analyses during these phases and reporting the resulting outcomes in the form of scientific publications.

 

 

 

 

Latest scientific publications

Minimal Bipolar Membrane Cell Configuration for Scaling Up Ammonium Recovery

Minimal Bipolar Membrane Cell Configuration for Scaling Up Ammonium Recovery

Electrochemical systems for total ammonium nitrogen (TAN) recovery are a promising alternative compared with conventional nitrogen-removal technologies. To make them competitive, we propose a new minimal stackable configuration using cell pairs with only bipolar membranes and cation-exchange membranes. The tested bipolar electrodialysis (BP-ED) stack included six cell pairs of feed and concentrate compartments. The TAN transport rate, TAN removal, and energy input achieved by the minimal BP-ED stack demonstrated a promising new cell configuration for upscaling.
Exploiting Donnan Dialysis to Enhance Ammonia Recovery in an Electrochemical System

Exploiting Donnan Dialysis to Enhance Ammonia Recovery in an Electrochemical System

Donnan Dialysis was explored as a strategy to enhance the TAN removal efficiency in an a hydrogen recycling electrochemical system. Batch operation with Donnan Dialysis achieved similar removal to continuous operation but consumed less energy (between 7.8 kJ gN−1 and 10.1 kJ gN−1) than continuous operation. Donnan Dialysis can be a good strategy to enhance TAN recovery in batch operation mode since additional ammonium was removed at a lower energy input.
(Bio)electrochemical ammonia recovery: progress and perspectives

(Bio)electrochemical ammonia recovery: progress and perspectives

The state-of-the-art of (bio)electrochemical TAN recovery is described, the performance of (B)ES for TAN recovery is analyzed, the potential of different wastewaters for BES-based TAN recovery is evaluated, the microorganisms found on bioanodes that treat wastewater high in TAN are reported, and the toxic effect of the typical conditions in such systems (e.g., high pH, TAN, and salt concentrations) are described.
Energy-Efficient Ammonia Recovery in an Up-Scaled Hydrogen Gas Recycling Electrochemical System

Energy-Efficient Ammonia Recovery in an Up-Scaled Hydrogen Gas Recycling Electrochemical System

Paper describing a hydrogen gas recycling electrochemical system (HRES) which combines a cation exchange membrane (CEM) and a gas-permeable hydrophobic membrane for ammonia recovery. This system allowed for energy-efficient ammonia recovery, since hydrogen gas produced at the cathode was oxidized at the anode. It was successfully up-scaled and optimized for ammonia recovery.