Biochar for wastewater treatment, both municipal and industrial, is a good alternative as such multistage process accommodates a constantly changing influent. One of the most critical steps in the process is the aeration basin in which microbes work in conjunction with an adsorptive media such as biochar. Biochar’s porosity makes it ideally suited to this application as it adsorbs those compounds which are potentially toxic to the microorganisms and allowing the microbes to assimilate compounds which are poorly adsorbed. In addition, the biochar serves as a support medium for the microorganisms allowing for higher concentration and thus further improving the process.
In addition, the sludge, comprised of microbes and biochar, may be suitable for land application instead of landfill disposal thus ‘closing the loop’ of the biochar use cycle.
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