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High rate treatment of wastewater with immobilised algae

Project Number # 4531-17

Harnessing algae for high rate municipal wastewater treatment: developing immobilised algae systems

Project Leader:  Matthew Kube

Disposal of wastewater with high nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) content can damage the ecosystem and is a waste of valuable resources. Algae can be used to treat wastewater by simultaneously removing N and P to achieve low nutrient concentrations. This can provide more opportunities for water recycling while nutrients and energy can be recovered from the grown algal biomass. This project will investigate enhancing algal wastewater treatment systems by immobilisation and further optimising their performance through species selection.

Sponsor:  South East Water

Mentor:  Dr Leon van der Linden [SA Water]