The external tubular MBR brings considerable benefits in the treatment of pharmaceutical and chemical effluents. With many references in operation all over the world, Berghof membranes have been proven to provide significant advantages over alternative technologies:
The external tubular MBR for dairy wastewater treatment has numerous advantages over the conventional biological processes and the submerged MBRs:
Increased bioprocess performance. Difficult to biodegrade compounds found in pharma and chemical wastewaters are efficiently handled. The high SRT and the specialized biomass allow a >50% removal when compared with the conventional treatment methods.
Superior effluent quality. MBR effluent is free of solids, colloids, and turbidity. The SDI is lower than 3, meaning that it can be directly fed to a reverse osmosis system in the case that high-quality reusable water is needed for the production of chemicals and pharmaceuticals.
Berghof UF systems provide the most compact design, which can be easily customized to the available space. Retrofitting of existing plants is easy and quick. The plug&play systems allow an improved performance with minimum system downtime and civil works.
External tubular UF provides more flexibility and robustness against variabilities in the pharma and chemical wastewater characteristics. Thanks to the several fouling control mechanisms external tubular membranes are much less affected in shock loads or toxic/inhibition scenarios, which are known to affect the performance of submerged membranes.
The waste streams generated in the different dairy operations are mixed in the equalization tank. Here, chemicals are often required for neutralization, since the use of acid and alkaline products for cleaning and sanitizing results in a highly variable pH.
For certain dairy products such as butter, the oil concentration can be significant: under these circumstances, a DAF pre-treatment is typically applied.
The tubular MBR is the core process for treating the low-medium strength dairy wastewater. The biological treatment comprises anoxic and aerobic stages when nitrogen removal is required. If not, only the aerated bioreactor is installed for removing the organic pollutants.
The MBR effluent fully complies with the requirements for discharge into a receiving water body. Alternatively, it can be reused in non-contact applications (steam generation, cooling towers…). In those reuses that require deionized water, a final reverse osmosis is implemented.
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With 50 years of experience and more than 2.000 projects worldwide, Berghof Membranes is the leading manufacturer of high quality tubular membranes.
50 years of experience and more than 2.000 project references across the globe.
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