Pilot‐scale investigations on phosphorus recovery from municipal wastewater

Marie-Edith Ploteau, Daniel Klein, Johan te Marvelde, Luc Sijstermans, Anders Nattorp, Marie-Line Daumer, Herve Paillard, Cedric Mebarki, Ania Escudero , Ole Pahl, Karl-Georg Schmelz, Frank Zepke

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As a result of the implementation of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive, more stringent tertiary wastewater treatment is being implemented in more and more catchments throughout Europe. Limited supplies of naturally occurring phosphorus resources and their decreasing purity, coupled with legislative pressure on water‐service companies to remove phosphorus from both their effluent and waste streams, have focused considerable attention on recycling phosphorus recovered from domestic wastewater in existing phosphorus markets. Microalgae have proven efficient in recovering nutrients from different effluents such as municipal waste, agricultural waste, and industrial wastewater, avoiding nutrient runoff and eutrophication. Cultivation of extremophilic microorganisms has gained interest due to the ability of these microorganisms to accumulate and produce valuable compounds such as metabolites, enzymes, and surfactants. Chlamydomonas acidophila has been shown to be a promising agent for the removal of nutrients from different wastewaters, as it has high phosphorus and nitrogen uptake rates.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiorefinery of Inorganics: Recovering Mineral Nutrients from Biomass and Organic Waste
EditorsErik Meers, Gerard Velthof, Evi Michels, René Rietra
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781118921487
ISBN (Print)9781118921456
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameWiley Series in Renewable Resources


  • eutrophication
  • extremophilic microorganisms
  • municipal wastewater
  • microalgae
  • phosphorus recovery


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