Australian Centre for Water
and Environmental Biotechnology

AWMC Seminar: Decentralized Nutrient Recovery

Decentralised Nutrient Recovery From Human Excreta: Empowering Sanitation Coverage by Creating Value On-site
This talk proposes to combine nutrients removal and recovery from human excreta to produce horticultural products and protein feed as a mechanism to finance and increase decentralised sanitation coverage in low-income peri-urban scenarios. To achieve this, we propose to combine the recently developed Bio-Electroconcentration systems (BECS) – a hybrid microbial electrolysis/electrodialysis technology that recovers nutrients in a pathogen-free concentrate using very little power – with local horticultural practices as well as the production of high-value products such as high-purity chemicals and single-cell protein by phototrophic organisms. These new products from ‘mined’ nutrients could help finance sanitation installations where other options are unavailable.
Event Details
Date & Time: 
Friday, 07 July 2017
9am - 10am
Venue: AIBN Building Seminar Room