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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology
Center for Environment and Energy Research and Studies (CEERS)
ISSN: 1735-1472
EISSN: 1735-2630
Vol. 13, No. 6, 2016, pp. 1607-1614
Bioline Code: st16151
Full paper language: English
Document type: Short Communication
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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology, Vol. 13, No. 6, 2016, pp. 1607-1614

 en Appraisal of changes in sewage sludge management
Vochozka, M.; Maroušková, A.; Váchal, J. & Straková, J.


A positive energy balance caused by accelerated production of CH4 and additional financial benefits associated with shorter retention times, reduction in volumes, easier dewatering, enhanced hygiene, etc., are the reasons why most modern wastewater treatment plants are newly equipped with hydrothermal pretreatment units. This study examined how the changes in composition of the pretreated sewage sludge fermentation residues manifested themselves in subsequent processing by pyrolysis, both in terms of technology and financial impacts. It has been found that concentrations of heavy metals and other hazardous inhibitors might increase; however, the overall biotoxicity is lower due to their immobilization in the charred mass. Moreover, charring of the fermentation residues results in significant financial as well as technological benefits.

Sewage sludge management; Hydrothermal decomposition; Cost analysis; Environmental policy

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