Gupta , Suvidha and Pandey, R A and Pawar, Sanjay (2016) Microalgal bioremediation of food-processing industrial wastewater under mixotrophic conditions: Kinetics and scaleup approach. Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering, 10 (4). pp. 499-508. ISSN 2095-0187

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The Chlorella microalgae were mixotrophically cultivated in an unsterilized and unfiltered raw foodprocessing industrial wastewater. Both inorganic carbon (CO2-air) and organic carbon (wastewater) were provided simultaneously for microalgae growth. The aim of the study is to find out the utilization rates of total organic carbon (TOC) and chemical oxygen demand (COD) under mixotrophic conditions for a given waste water. About 90% reduction in TOC and COD were obtained for all dilutions of wastewater. Over 60% of nitrate and 40% of phosphate were consumed by microalgae from concentrated raw wastewater. This study shows that microalgae can use both organic and inorganic sources of carbon in more or less quantity under mixotrophic conditions. The growth of microalgae in food-processing industrial wastewater with all studied dilution factors, viz. zero (raw), 1.6 (dilution A), and 5 (dilution B) suggests that the freshwater requirement could be reduced substantially (20%–60%). The degradation kinetics also suggests that the microalgae cultivation on a high COD wastewater is feasible and scalable.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Total Organic Carbon; Wastewater Bioremediation; Kinetics; Mixotrophic Cultivation
Subjects: Industrial Wastewater Treatment & Disposal
Industrial Wastewater Reuse Recycle Recovery
Environmental Biotechnology
Chemistry, Chemical Technology
Depositing User: Dr Sanjay Pawar
Date Deposited: 01 Jan 2017 10:21
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2017 10:21

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