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The anaerobic process is considered to be a sustainable technology for organic waste treatment mainly due to its lower energy consumption and production of residual solids coupled with the prospect of energy recovery from the biogas generated. However, the anaerobic process cannot be seen as providing the ‘complete’ solution as its treated effluents would typically not meet the desired discharge limits in terms of residual carbon, nutrients and pathogens. This has given impetus to subsequent post treatment in order to meet the environmental legislations and protect the receiving water bodies and environment.

This book discusses anaerobic treatment from the perspective of organic wastes and wastewaters (municipal & industrial) followed by various post treatment options for anaerobic effluent polishing and resource recovery.  Coverage will also be from the perspective of future trends and thoughts on anaerobic technologies being able to support meeting the increasingly stringent disposal standards. The resource recovery angle is particularly interesting as this can arguably help achieve the circular economy. It is intended the information can be used to identify appropriate solutions for anaerobic effluent treatment and possibly alternative approaches to the commonly applied post treatment techniques. The succeeding discussion is intended to lead on to identification of opportunities for further research & development.

This book can be used as a standard reference book/ textbook in universities for Master and Doctoral students. The academic community relevant to the subject namely faculty, researchers, scientists, and practicing engineers will find the book both informative and as a useful source of successful case studies.

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Part 1: Introduction

Chapter 1 - Two challenging ways of re-synthesis in order to connect anaerobic digestion to new value chain


Part 2: Anaerobic Treatment

Chapter 2 - Fundamentals of anaerobic treatment systems

Chapter 3 - Performance of anaerobic treatment at low temperatures


Part 3: Post-treatment Methods for Wastewater

Chapter 4 - Micro-aerobic technologies for UASB effluent polishing: An overview

Chapter 5 - Post-treatment of anaerobic effluents: common applications and future perspectives for municipal wastewater treatment

Chapter 6 - Post treatment of anaerobic effluents by membrane filtration

Chapter 7 - Electrochemical process coupled to anaerobic digestion for sustainable waste water treatment in the future

Chapter 8 - Trends and perspectives of anaerobic technologies in face of stringent disposal standards


Part 4: Post Treatment Methods for Organic Solid Waste

Chapter 9 - Post-treatment of effluents from anaerobic digestion of organic fraction of municipal solid waste

Chapter 10 - Polyhydroxyalkanoates production from the effluent of the acidogenic anaerobic digestion: an overview

Chapter 11 - Post-treatment of anaerobically digested municipal sludge for enhanced ammonia, odors, coliforms and micropollutants removal

Chapter 12 - Post-treatment of anaerobically pre-treated landfill leachate

Chapter 13 - Pretreatments of digestates from anaerobic digestion for agronomic uses

Chapter 14 – Identification of recalcitrant compounds after anaerobic digestion with various sludge pretreatment methods

Chapter 15 - Nutrients recovery from anaerobic digestate

Chapter 16 - Post treatment methods for organic solid wastes


Part 5: Advanced Biotechnological Approaches to Anaerobic Effluent Treatment

Chapter 17 - Nitrogen removal by anammox based processes from different anaerobically digested effluents

Chapter 18 - Exploiting Bio-electrochemical systems for wastewater treatment and value added product recovery

Chapter 19 - Completely autotrophic nitrogen-removal over nitrite (canon) process for polishing of anaerobic effluent containing ammonia



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