Procedure for Sewage Sludge Composting
A Hungarian SME has developed a new procedure for sewage sludge composting. The offered technology is based on the application of controlled composting for rapid degradation of organic pollutants and immobilization of inorganic micro-pollutants for safe land disposal by using industrial slurry-phase by-products (e.g. by-products from sunflower seed oil processing industry). The process of controlled composting contributes to preserve the fertilizer value. Before the composting the untreated sewage sludge is mixed with waste sludge (e.g. sludge produced by sunflower seed oil processing industry) and other specific additives to accelerate mineralization and to moderate ammonia and GHG (greenhouse Gas) emission. In some cases composting simulation is used for optimalization of raw material composition and gas emission controlling within 3 weeks in an adiabatic drum system. Composting occurs under controlled condition means that additives, digesters and labile carbon sources are added continuously to the compost pile. Specific additives are responsible for the suitable and rapid mineralization and thermophilic stage to preserve fertilizer value. Depending on the properties of raw materials encapsulated windrow composting is applied for controlled composting which means a covering of compost pile by using specific polymers. The end-product is a potential source for soil improvement and conditioning after 4-pre- and 6-week-term post maturation stages. The whole composting process is not longer than 70-90 days.
Area of Application: waste managment, sewage works
Keywords: sewage sludge, composting, environmental protection
Advantages: - During the pre-storage of raw sewage sludge the GHG (Greenhouse Effect) emission and f. coliform and streptococcus number is reduced significantly within 24-48 hours. - Application and utilization of non-hazardous specific additives and digesters result safe land disposal. - Application of non-hazardous additives, digesters, water treatment residual by-products is suitable for reduction of total N loss, P loss and suppressing pathogens before and during the composting. - The offered technology is able to utilize solid phase biogas residuals, post maturation of pre-maturated municipal sewage sludge from closed composting reactor or root-zone treatment.
Environmental aspects: Bio-Degradable and Environmental Friendly
Development Status: Pilot Plant
Legal Protection: Patent
Transfer Terms: Technology Licensing
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