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Are bubbles the answer to treating wastewater in the pulp and paper industry?
Bubble aeration is set to revolutionise the way wastewater treated is pulp and paper industry
Some estimates suggest up to 17.4 cubic metres of water are required to produce one metric tonne of paper, with the raw wastewaters from pulp and paper and board mills often requiring complex biological treatment processes. It’s a challenge the industry has embraced however, with around 92% of the water used returned to the environment, after it has been treated. The filtering and removal of contaminants from the wastewater (http://www.mapal-
In pulp and paper mills, waste water treatment can take on several forms, from filtering through to biological treatment process. For biological treatment to be effective, the waste water needs to be effectively aerated,
Many UK mills will use mechanical surface aeration techniques in order to supply the required oxygen for bacteria to achieve an aerobic biological treatment, especially where an activated sludge process is involved. However, mechanical surface aerators are typically expensive to operate and maintain, old, prone to breakdown, due to the number of moving parts and have considerable energy consumption, all of which adds up to relatively high operating costs.
Enter Mapal Green Energy with its innovative Floating Fine Bubble Aeration (http://www.mapal-
A revolutionary solution, floating fine bubble aeration approaches the challenge of wastewater oxygenation by marrying the strengths of mechanical surface aeration technology – easy to install and accessible for maintenance - with the efficiency which is derived from sub surface fine bubble aeration systems. With no moving parts generating friction and driving high energy consumption, a key benefit for users of Mapal Green Energy’s floating fine bubble aeration system is its dramatically reduced energy bill. Tests around the world have shown that in some cases, compared to mechanical surface aeration, a plant’s energy consumption can be reduced by up to 70% using the Mapal system, with savings of 50% regularly achieved.
Commenting on the ease of installation of the system, Mapal’s UK sales manager Andy Carling said, “By substituting a surface mounted propeller for a system of blowers and fine bubble diffusers, not only is energy consumption reduced, but installation and maintenance is dramatically simplified. The system does not require a tank to be drained, nor does it need to be attached to a concrete floor. Aerators are automatically adjustable to water depth and because they float, are always level, thus delivering an even flow of oxygen within the reactor.”
Mapal’s units are made from robust stainless steel, so have a long life and as a modular system, the installation can be added to or taken away from quickly and easily.
A technology which is creating waves amongst the UK’s water utilities looks set to revolutionise wastewater treatment in selected sectors of the pulp and paper industry too.
For details of Mapal Green Energy’s floating fine bubble aeration technology, please visit http://www.mapal-