Effect of temperature on N<inf>2</inf>O emissions from a highly enriched nitrifying granular sludge performing partial nitritation of a low-strength wastewater

Clara Reino, Mark C.M. van Loosdrecht, Julián Carrera, Julio Pérez

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Abstract

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd In the race to achieve a sustainable urban wastewater treatment plant, not only the energy requirements have to be considered but also the environmental impact of the facility. Thus, nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions are a key-factor to pay attention to, since they can dominate the total greenhouse gases emissions from biological wastewater treatment. In this study, N2O production factors were calculated during the operation of a granular sludge airlift reactor performing partial nitritation treating a low-strength synthetic influent, and furthermore, the effect of temperature on N2O production was assessed. Average gas emission relative to conversion of ammonium was 1.5 ± 0.3% and 3.7 ± 0.5% while the effluent contained 0.5 ± 0.1% and 0.7 ± 0.1% (% N-oxidized) at 10 and 20 °C, respectively. Hence, temperature increase resulted in higher N2O production. The reasons why high temperature favoured N2O production remained unclear, but different theoretical hypotheses were suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)336-343
JournalChemosphere
Volume185
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Emission factors
  • Nitrotoga
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Partial nitritation
  • Temperature

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