Project

Reducing the carbon footprint of wastewater treatment plants through a more efficient biological nitrogen removal.

Publisher

Supervisor

Location

Greater Copenhagen area

Nitrous oxide, a laughing gas produced from wastewater can account for most of the carbon footprint of a wastewater treatment plant.

Nitrous oxide (N2O), a by-product of biological nitrogen removal in Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs) has been recently shown to account for more than 50% of its carbon footprint.  How could it be reduced? The objective of this project is to elucidate which microorganisms are responsible for the N2O production at different environmental conditions in WWTPs. Lab-scale experiments will be run, monitoring the relevant variables affecting N2O production. Process understanding (mechanisms, rates, etc.) gained through these experiments will help us find operating strategies that reduce the WWTP carbon footprint. We would, simultaneously, reduce the nitrogen content emitted to waterbodies and the greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere.

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Contact

Company / Organization

DTU Miljø

Name

Barth F. Smets

Position

Professor

Mail

bfsm@env.dtu.dk

Supervisor info

BSc in Biotechnology

Supervisor

Barth F. Smets

Co-supervisors

Marlene Mark Jensen

ECTS credits

10 - 35

Type

Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Special course

BSc in Environmental Engineering

Supervisor

Barth F. Smets

Co-supervisors

Marlene Mark Jensen

ECTS credits

10 - 35

Type

Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Special course

MSc in Biotechnology

Supervisor

Barth F. Smets

Co-supervisors

Marlene Mark Jensen

ECTS credits

10 - 35

Type

Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Special course

MSc in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Supervisor

Barth F. Smets

Co-supervisors

Marlene Mark Jensen

ECTS credits

10 - 35

Type

Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Special course

MSc in Environmental Engineering

Supervisor

Barth F. Smets

Co-supervisors

Marlene Mark Jensen

ECTS credits

10 - 35

Type

Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Special course

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