Resource recovery represents an area of enormous potential for biosolids in terms of sustainability, energy, climate change and zero waste goals.  As environmental and sustainability concerns mount around the globe, biosolids, full of a variety of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon, are now viewed as a resource too valuable to waste.  Phosphorus in particular is a critical resource with wide ranging applications, yet natural sources of phosphorus are dwindling.  Phosphorus recovery from biosolids is not only renewable but makes triple bottom line sense, benefiting environmental, economic and social drivers.  Similarly, energy production from biosolids offers huge opportunities to develop a reliable and renewable stream of energy for onsite or offsite consumption and help offsite wastewater treatment costs. 

This webcast will focus on the opportunities that exist and are emerging for resource recovery from biosolids, with a special emphasis on phosphorus and energy.  Presentations will outline why phosphorus recovery and recycling is needed, how it will be facilitated and implemented in Europe, and potentially in North America.  Also discussed will be the different options of energy recovery from incineration, including some recent technology. 

Speakers: 

  • Christian Kabbe, Isle Utilities, Germany
  • Gregory G. Homoki, P.E., Arvos Schmidtsche Schack

There will be 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) offered for this webcast. Please check with your state accreditation agency to determine if you qualify. The PDH instructions will be sent to all attendees 24 hours after the webcast has ended.

Peter Brady, a member of WEF's Residuals & Biosolids committee, and WEF's Patrick Dube, organized this webcast. Its purpose is to inform wastewater facility staff of these emerging technologies, and Peter can be contacted at PBrady@AlpineTechnology.com with feedback and suggestions.

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