Dividing, Treating, And Recombining Liquid Patents (Class 210/607)
  • Patent number: 10384969
    Abstract: A portable renewable energy microgeneration system is disclosed. The system comprises one or more holding tanks that are configured to perform anaerobic digestion on waste in a multi-phase process using bacteria and a controller configured to automatically control the multi-phase process and to re-use the bacteria. The controller re-uses the bacteria by removing at least a portion of the liquid from the waste after anaerobic digestion is performed on the waste and using the at least a portion of the liquid to wet other waste and repeat the multi-phase process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SEaB Energy Ltd.
    Inventor: Nicolas W. Sassow
  • Patent number: 10308527
    Abstract: The present invention provides a metal-organic framework (MOF) for use in removing particular chemical species or compounds from a liquid. In particular, the present invention provides an MOF having a molecular formula of Zr6(?3-O)4(?3OH)4(OH)4(H2O)4(TBAPy)2, wherein TBAPy is 1,3,6,8-tetrakis (p-benzoic-acid)pyrene, (known as NU-1000) for use in complexing selenate or selenite from a liquid or liquid stream. Further, the selenium based oxy-anions are removed to concentrations below that specified for wastewater discharge by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for flue gas desulfurization operations in the fossil fueled electric power generation industry. Such water treatment results are achieved even in the presence of competing sulfate anion challenges and at elevated temperatures comparable to condensate cooling water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Northwestern University
    Inventors: Daniel Morgan Wells, Paul L. Frattini, Keith Paul Fruzzetti, Omar Farha, Joseph T. Hupp, Ashlee J. Howarth, Michael J. Katz
  • Patent number: 10287195
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for selecting, retaining or bioaugmenting solids in an activated sludge process for improving wastewater treatment using screens. The screens can be used to separate and retain solids based on size, compressibility or shear resistance. The screens are used to separate and select slow growing organisms, faster settling organisms, or materials added to absorb, treat or remove constituents in the activated sludge process. A swapping screen arrangement provides another means of selecting various particles. The exposed shear rate or time, particle compression, or SRTs can be adjusted manually and/or automatically in response to detected readings from an instrument such as a spectrophotometer or other optical approaches to optimize selection of organisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
    Inventors: Sudhir N. Murthy, Eugenio Giraldo, Norman D. Dockett, Haydee De Clippeleir, Bernhard Wett, Walter F. Bailey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9957182
    Abstract: Method for treating water, containing organic matter characterized in that it comprises a step of adsorption of the organic matter contained in said water, in which this water is put into contact with an amagnetic ion-exchanging resin in an infinitely stirred tank (1); the filtering of the mixture of water and resin within the tank (1) and the discharging of filtered water from this tank, the filtering being implemented through at least one screen (4) provided within the tank (1) enabling the resin to be contained in the infinitely stirred tank; the periodic cleansing of the screen (4) consisting of the separation, from this screen, of the saturated resin that has collected thereon; the drawing off (18) of saturated resin from the tank (1); the regenerating (6) of at least a part of the saturated resin thus drawn off; the recycling (7) of said resin thus regenerated in the tank (1); a step of ballasted coagulation/flocculation (12, 13) and separation (14) comprising the addition of coagulant reagent (12b), fl
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies Support
    Inventors: Philippe Sauvignet, Abdelkader Gaid
  • Patent number: 9181117
    Abstract: A system and method for treatment of ammonia-containing raw water from low-temperature sources is designed to provide optimum treatment conditions, particularly temperature of the raw water in the bioreactor(s) containing nitrifying bacteria. The raw water supply is split into two streams, of which one stream is heated before remixing with the other stream. The split-stream heating is optionally supported by the provision of a retention tank on the heated-water stream. A three-way valve is provided to control compressed air supply to be mixed with the raw water in dependence on water level in the bioreactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Milan Zverina
  • Patent number: 9169145
    Abstract: A method for purifying and sterilizing water using nano catalytic microelectrolysis and an apparatus therefore including three units of a nano catalytic microelectrolysis device, a sand filtration and a precise filtration are provided. 1/20 to ? of raw water is delivered into the nano catalytic microelectrolysis. 19/20 to ? of raw water is directly delivered into a neutralization tank to be mixed with nano catalytic microelectrolysis water to kill microorganism, algae and plankton and force suspended solids, colloid, charged particles and etc. to form into relatively large particles which are removed by the precise filtration unit; heavy metal ions gather at a cathode of the microelectrolysis to form cathode sediment to be removed; organic compounds are oxidatively decomposed by strongly oxidative substances produced by the microelectrolysis; phosphate ions move towards a cathode polarization layer and act with divalent cations on a cathode surface to produce phosphate precipitate to be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Boying Xiamen Science and Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shiwen Zhang
  • Publication number: 20150144554
    Abstract: In a wastewater treatment system, feed water is processed by anaerobic digestion, preferably in an anaerobic moving bed bioreactor (AnMBBR). Effluent from the AnMBBR passes through one or more solid-liquid separation units. A solids portions is treated by hydrolysis or suspended growth anaerobic digestion. A liquid portion of the hydrolysis or suspended growth anaerobic digestion effluent is returned to the AnMBBR or blended with effluent from the AnMBBR. The AnMBBR effluent may be treated with an aerobic moving bed bioreactor (MBBR) before the one or more solid-liquid separation steps. Membrane filtration may provide a first solid-liquid separation step. A thickened waste stream may be withdrawn from a recirculation loop flowing from the first solid-liquid separation unit to the MBBR. Optionally, a solids portion separated from the feed water upstream of the AnMBBR may also be treated by hydrolysis or suspended growth anaerobic digestion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Juan Carlos Josse, Michael David Theodoulou, Sasha Rollings-Scattergood
  • Patent number: 8999170
    Abstract: A biological wastewater treatment system includes an equalization tank for sending a defined first portion of the wastewater to a submerged membrane filter. When the quantity of the received wastewater exceeds the defined first portion, a second portion of wastewater, formed from the wastewater that exceeds the defined first portion, is sent to a filtration process. The filtration process includes adding a flocculating agent to the second portion entering filtration, filtering the second portion, thereby producing retentive waste including flocculated material, and then sending the retentive waste to the submerged membrane filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ovivo Luxembourg S.å.r.l.
    Inventor: Dennis Livingston
  • Publication number: 20150090659
    Abstract: An upflow continuous backwash deep bed sand filter (UCBF) having a recycle line for returning carbonaceous denitrifying bacteria attached to biomass to the influent of the UCBF. The recycle line returns the biomass to the treatment process at a location upstream of the upflow continuous backwash filter. Further, a liquid level control unit is provided that reduces fluctuations and significant drop in the liquid level upstream of the upflow continuous backwash filter, thereby avoiding or minimizing flow turbulences, air induction, and undesirable wastewater aeration resulting in the need to dose excessive carbon source to remove dissolved oxygen in the aerated wastewater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: John H. Reid, Wade Tanner
  • Patent number: 8961793
    Abstract: A rapidly installed intermittent flow and storm water treatment method and apparatus employing rapid solids separation and sulfur dioxide chemical dewatering technology to produce disinfected reclaimed storm water with heavy metals removed and diluted nutrients suitable for open stream or land application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Earth Renaissance Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Terry R. Gong, Marcus G. Theodore
  • Patent number: 8956539
    Abstract: A system and process for drying biosolids and wherein nutrients and/or minerals are blended into partially dried biosolids. Further, the system and method compresses the mixture of biosolids and nutrients into a selected form and this is followed by completion of the drying process. In the end, a more uniform and higher value dried biosolids product is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: I. Kruger Inc.
    Inventors: Travis Smith, J. Jason Boyd
  • Publication number: 20140349365
    Abstract: Methods and systems for recovery of phosphorus from wastewater and producing inorganic phosphorus complexes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: MULTIFORM HARVEST INC.
    Inventor: Keith E. Bowers
  • Publication number: 20140305865
    Abstract: A wastewater treatment process that produces primary sludge and biological sludge. The system and process hydrolyzes the biological sludge in a hydrolysis reactor. The primary sludge is directed to a pasteurization unit and pasteurized. Thereafter, the hydrolyzed biological sludge and the pasteurized primary sludge are directed to an anaerobic digester where the combined sludges are subjected to anaerobic digestion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies Support
    Inventors: Richard W. DiMassimo, Soren J. Hojsgaard
  • Patent number: 8858805
    Abstract: A sono-molecular-conversion device and method for effecting nitrification of ammonia in water, the method including feeding the water containing ammonia through a sono-molecular conversion device including a plurality of ultrasound transducers; and applying ultrasonic energy to the water containing ammonia by the sono-molecular conversion device to ultrasonically collapse microsized bubbles with transient cavitation in the water containing ammonia to effect nitrification of ammonia therein by sono-molecular-conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Edward Vago
  • Publication number: 20140217015
    Abstract: A method and system of treating wastewater using primary sludge is disclosed. The treatment system includes a primary separator that separates a carbon source comprising non-solubilized suspended carbon from a source of wastewater. The non-solubilized suspended carbon is solubilized and used as a source of carbon in an aerated anoxic treatment system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Thomas J. Larsen, Michael L. Doyle
  • Publication number: 20140175009
    Abstract: A hybrid method and system of treating wastewater with reduced energy usage is disclosed. The treatment system has a sorption system, an anaerobic digester that digests or converts at least a portion of the solids or sludge from the sorption system, and an aerobic treatment tank that partially reduces oxygen demand of a portion of the sludge from the sorption tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Siemens Water Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Wenjun Liu, Edward John Jordan, George W. Smith
  • Patent number: 8747672
    Abstract: Methods and systems for recovery of phosphorus from wastewater and producing inorganic phosphorus complexes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Multiform Harvest Inc.
    Inventor: Keith E. Bowers
  • Publication number: 20140131273
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for selecting and retaining solids in an activated sludge process for the improving wastewater treatment using screens. The screens can be used to separate and retain solids based on size or compressibility. The screens are used to separate and select for slow growing organisms, faster settling organisms, or materials added to absorb, treat or remove constituents in the activated sludge process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: D.C. Water & Sewer Authority
    Inventors: Sudhir N. Murthy, Eugenio Giraldo, Norman D. Dockett, Walter F. Bailey
  • Patent number: 8702987
    Abstract: Methods for enhancing an activated sludge process including at least one biological reactor. A weighting agent impregnation subsystem is coupled to the biological reactor for mixing biological flocs and weighting agent to impregnate the weighting agent into the biological flocs to form weighted biological flocs. A weighting agent recovery subsystem is configured to recover the weighting agent from the weighted biological flocs and reintroducing the recovered weighting agent to the weighting agent impregnation subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Woodard, Peter G. Marston, Ionel Wechsler
  • Publication number: 20140033776
    Abstract: Sludge from an anaerobic digester is treated to recover one or more of fibers, or solids or liquids with a high nutrient content. The solids or liquids can be used as a fertilizer. The fibers can be used in a plant growing medium. Solids are separated from liquids in the sludge and dried. The solids may be dried to produce a flake or pellet. Ammonia in the liquids is recovered and used to produce a concentrated acidic ammonium salt solution. This solution may be mixed with the solids to produce a nitrogen enhanced solid. The fibers and solids or liquids can also be used in combination to produce an enhanced plant growing medium. A device and process for removing ammonia from a liquid can be used in the system or separately.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: ANAERGIA INC.
    Inventors: Juan Carlos Josse, Andrew Benedek, Michael David Theodoulou, Zachary Scott
  • Publication number: 20140014577
    Abstract: This wastewater treatment system is constituted by being provided with a solid-liquid separator 2 that separates the liquid portion and the solid portion from organic wastewater, a first anaerobic treatment tank 4 that carries out anaerobic treatment of the liquid portion separated by the solid-liquid separator 2 and obtains processed water that has passed through a filter mechanism 3 from sludge, a second anaerobic treatment tank 5 that carries out anaerobic treatment of the solid portion separated by the solid-liquid separator 2, and a sludge supply mechanism 6 that supplies the sludge in the second anaerobic treatment tank 5 to the first anaerobic treatment tank 4, and the filter mechanism functions stably without increasing the size of the anaerobic treatment tanks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichiro Wakahara, Maiho Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20130334134
    Abstract: The inventive process scheme and its various embodiments described herein will comprise filtering a selenium containing water by reverse osmosis or nanofiltration to produce a primary permeate stream at least meeting the water stream effluent discharge requirements of the location and a concentrate stream containing the removed selenium and other species, a RO or NF concentrate treatment specific to the case which will treat and reduce the selenium content of the concentrate, optionally in conjunction with a sulfate removal process, and result in a highly concentrated sludge or other output, and a selenium depleted aqueous overflow stream, a portion of which will be combined with the primary permeate stream so that the selenium content of the combined stream does not exceed the local requirement, and the reminder of the selenium depleted aqueous overflow stream will be returned to be combined with the selenium containing water entering the inlet of the primary reverse osmosis treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: SIEMENS PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Marek Mierzejewski, Michael W. Wismer, Karthikeyan Sathrugnan
  • Publication number: 20130327710
    Abstract: An anaerobic lagoon wastewater treatment system, which includes a plurality of wastewater treatment zones. The treatment zones are either formed by providing a plurality of separate lagoons or by providing one or more partitioning elements within one lagoon. One or more treatment zones may also be provided in the form of a tank. The first wastewater treatment zone in the direction of wastewater flow has a smaller volume than the second wastewater treatment zone. Further, the first wastewater treatment zone achieves a significant reduction in fat, oil and grease removal, as well as in total suspended solids removal, but only a modest reduction in biological oxygen demand. An effluent from the first wastewater treatment zone is mixed with an effluent from the second wastewater treatment zone such that a predetermined ratio of carbon to nitrogen is maintained within the mixture of first and second effluents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: John H. Reid
  • Publication number: 20130126424
    Abstract: An anaerobic waste water purification upflow reactor, includes a vessel (1) containing biomass granules, elements for injecting influent into a lower part of the vessel, a three-phase separator (3) for separating gas, liquid and solid, which is located in an opposite upper part of the vessel, and elements for collecting effluent out of an upper part of the three-phase separator. The three-phase separator (3) includes two solid/liquid settlement zones (12, 13) positioned one above the other in the direction of the upflow (9), above a lower zone provided with gas separation element (10). The reactor includes effluent recirculation elements including element for extracting effluent from the vessel between the two settlement zones and element for re-injecting the extracted effluent into a lower part of the vessel (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: VALBIO
    Inventor: Stephan Bugay
  • Patent number: 8435409
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods of treating highly contaminated wastewater using waste activated sludge as an adsorbent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Mitchell, Daniel J. Wagner, Kojo Arthur-Mensah
  • Patent number: 8425782
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for reducing the demand of wastewater volume flowing through a wastewater collection piping system thereby increasing the effective capacity of the system. A portion of the wastewater is diverted from a sewer main. The solids are separated from the liquid; for example, by a centrifugal separator such as a vortex or cyclone separator. The recovered liquid can be treated and made available for reuse or disposed of. The separated or concentrated solids are reintroduced into the sewer main dynamically in a portion that adjusts the wastewater loading, or alternatively, the solids loading, in the sewer main to a predetermined amount or predetermined range. The system can be adapted to reducing demand of wastewater volume flowing within a wastewater treatment plant by diverting the wastewater in the flow path between the wastewater plant inlet and the biological processing stage and reintroducing separated solids downstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Ecolivegreen Corp.
    Inventor: Paul L Culler
  • Patent number: 8419941
    Abstract: A method for yielding concentrated ethanol from an ethanol water solution yielded from ethanol fermentation of a water solution of saccharide generated by a saccharification of the lignocellulose by enzyme is provided. Water is separated from the ethanol water solution yielded from ethanol fermentation of the water solution of saccharide generated by the saccharification of the lignocellulose by enzyme with pervaporation method using a water separation membrane. Condensate prepared by condensing ethanol vapor existing in a space above a liquid level of the ethanol water solution is collected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Kagawa, Pu Qian, Akihisa Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20130075329
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for reducing the demand of wastewater volume flowing through a wastewater collection piping system thereby increasing the effective capacity of the system. A portion of the wastewater is diverted from a sewer main. The solids are separated from the liquid; for example, by a centrifugal separator such as a vortex or cyclone separator. The recovered liquid can be treated and made available for reuse or disposed of. The separated or concentrated solids are reintroduced into the sewer main dynamically in a portion that adjusts the wastewater loading, or alternatively, the solids loading, in the sewer main to a predetermined amount or predetermined range. The system can be adapted to reducing demand of wastewater volume flowing within a wastewater treatment plant by diverting the wastewater in the flow path between the wastewater plant inlet and the biological processing stage and reintroducing separated solids downstream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: ECOLIVEGREEN CORP.
    Inventor: Ecolivegreen Corp.
  • Publication number: 20130075328
    Abstract: A waste stream having anaerobically biodegradable components is fed to an anaerobic reactor where the components react with microorganisms to biodegrade the components and produce biomass and biogas. Mixing occurs in select portions of the anaerobic reactor, particularly the bottom and top portions of the reactor. Relatively heavy solids settle to the bottom and are mixed with the mixed liquor while relatively light or fine solids float to the top portion of the anaerobic reactor where they are mixed with the mixed liquor. Mixed liquor is pumped from an intermediate portion of the anaerobic reactor to a membrane separation unit where the mixed liquor is separated into a permeate stream and a retentate stream that is concentrated with solids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: VEOLIA WATER SOLUTIONS & TECHNOLOGIES SUPPORT
    Inventor: Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies Support
  • Publication number: 20130001159
    Abstract: Method for treating wastewater, in particular municipal wastewater, in which the wastewater is initially received in an equalization basin reactor for performing an infiltration and inflow equalization process. The equalization basin reactor has sufficient capacity for the increased inflow of wastewater received under wet weather conditions. However, the increased inflow is not merely stored in the equalization basin reactor for later processing, but the wastewater treatment process continues throughout the wet weather period with the first stage wastewater treatment being performed in the equalization basin reactor, which further provides a substantially constant outflow of partially treated wastewater for subsequent treatment stages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventor: John H. Reid
  • Publication number: 20120305478
    Abstract: A method or process is provided for treating wastewater and producing a polyhydroxyalkanote (PHA)-storing biomass. The method or process entails biologically treating wastewater and in one process a filamentous biomass is selected and caused to proliferate so as to dominate an activated sludge. The filamentous biomass is utilized to treat the wastewater and to remove contaminants therefrom. As a part of this process, there is provided an enhancement for PHA production potential in the said biomass. This entails enhancing the PHA production potential of the filamentous biomass by subjecting the biomass to alternating feast and famine conditions where under feast conditions more biodegradable organic substrate is available to the filamentous biomass than under famine conditions. In another process, wastewater is treated with an activated sludge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: VEOLIA WATER SOLUTIONS & TECHNOLOGIES SUPPORT
    Inventors: Alan Gideon Werker, Simon Olof Harald Bengtsson, Fernando Morgan-Sagastume, Carl Anton Börje Karlsson, Elise Marie Blanchet
  • Patent number: 8318016
    Abstract: An orbital wastewater treatment system includes a tank assembly, at least one impeller, a flow-diversion mechanism, an actuator, optionally at least one sensor disposed in the tank assembly, and a control unit. The tank assembly has an anoxic zone and an aerobic zone and passages between the two zones. The impeller is disposed in the tank assembly for aeration and for moving mixed liquor under process about the tank assembly. The flow-diversion mechanism is disposed at at least one of the passages between the aerobic and the anoxic zone. The actuator is operatively connected to the gate for regulating the flow state or configuration thereof in response to a signal generated by the control unit at least partially pursuant to a predetermined schedule and/or at least partially in accordance with input from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Ovivo Luxembourg S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Thomas W. Leland, Frederick M. Riser, Peter W. Reko
  • Patent number: 8293110
    Abstract: A sequencing batch lagoon process is carried out in a minimum of two earthen lagoons and provides the treatment of municipal or industrial wastewater. Each lagoon is operated on fill-draw basis in a sequencing manner. Raw wastewater continues entering into one of the lagoons while the other lagoon is at full liquid level. The lagoon at the full liquid level will begin to discharge when the other lagoon at filling mode is reaching the full liquid level. The lagoon at the drawdown mode continues until the liquid level is down to the lowest liquid level. The wastewater feeding is then alternated to the lagoon which is at the lowest liquid level. The lagoon at the full liquid level shall have no contamination from raw wastewater or the lagoon at the filling mode. The biological reactions occur under aerobic and anoxic conditions. The aerobic conditions occur in the liquid or above the bottom sludge while the anoxic conditions occur near or within the bottom sludge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: International Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Frankl, Michael Chyi, Shihwu Sung
  • Publication number: 20120255902
    Abstract: A biological wastewater treatment system includes an equalization tank for sending a defined first portion of the wastewater to a submerged membrane filter. When the quantity of the received wastewater exceeds the defined first portion, a second portion of wastewater, formed from the wastewater that exceeds the defined first portion, is sent to a filtration process. The filtration process includes adding a flocculating agent to the second portion entering filtration, filtering the second portion, thereby producing retentive waste including flocculated material, and then sending the retentive waste to the submerged membrane filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Dennis Livingston
  • Patent number: 8216472
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of treating a liquid to extract at least one of carbon, sulphur, nitrogen or phosphate from liquids such as waste water. Preferably, the invention is employed to remove nitrogen from waste water. In an alternate for the invention provides a wastewater treatment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Murdoch University
    Inventors: Ralf Cord-Ruwisch, Leonie J. Hughes
  • Patent number: 8142667
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing settleable solids and unsettleable solids from a partially closed flush system in a dairy milking operation whereby a first processing tank bottom removes settleable solids contained therein where the net current flow vertically in the process tank is less than the settling rate of the settleable solids contained therein. The process tank batch feeds a plurality of thickening tanks that are each allowed to settle for a period of time before transferring fluid is to a second separator. The method and apparatus uses the solids for feeding a digester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Daritech, Inc.
    Inventor: David C. DeWaard
  • Patent number: 8119003
    Abstract: A method for reducing the odors of an anaerobically digested dewatered biosolids or other biosolids or sludge may include separating first anaerobically digested dewatered biosolids into first and second portions, storing second anaerobically digested dewatered biosolids, removing a portion of the second biosolids, and mixing the removed second biosolids portion with the first portion of the first biosolids. The method may be implemented in a system including a separation device, first, second and third transporters, a storage area, and a mixer. The separation device may separate the first biosolids into first and second portions. The first transporter may transport the first portion to the mixer. The second transporter may transport the second portion to the storage area. The second portion may be stored in the storage area for a select time period. The third transporter may transport a portion of the stored first biosolids to the mixer for blending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: CH2M Hill, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Owen Williams
  • Publication number: 20110315626
    Abstract: A method and system for treating domestic sewage and organic garbage are provided. The method comprises the steps of: multi-phase separation, retting, generating sewage gas, and optional biological denitrification and dephosphorization, which can convert the domestic sewage and organic garbage into clear water, sewage gas, organic manure and sludge. The system comprises a multi-phase separation device, a retting device, a sewage gas generating device and a biological denitrification and dephosphorization device, which can treat the domestic sewage and organic garbage effectively and environmental friendly to achieve a reduction in pollution emission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: HUGE ASIA LIMITED
    Inventor: Ming Lu
  • Patent number: 8075779
    Abstract: This invention is directed to an integrated process and system for water treatment, in particular, an integrated process and system for water treatment in the beverage manufacture cycle. The water treatment process is directed to treating an influent water solution, a low sugar concentration solution, and a high sugar concentration solution. The water treatment system is directed to a system for treating an influent water solution, a system for treating a low sugar concentration solution, and system for treating a high sugar concentration solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Environmental Management Corporation
    Inventor: David Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8057674
    Abstract: An orbital wastewater treatment system includes a tank assembly, at least one impeller, a flow-diversion mechanism, an actuator, optionally at least one sensor disposed in the tank assembly, and a control unit. The tank assembly has an anoxic zone and an aerobic zone and passages between the two zones. The impeller is disposed in the tank assembly for aeration and for moving mixed liquor under process about the tank assembly. The flow-diversion mechanism is disposed at least one of the passages between the aerobic and the anoxic zone. The actuator is operatively connected to the gate for regulating the flow state or configuration thereof in response to a signal generated by the control unit at least partially pursuant to a predetermined schedule and/or at least partially in accordance with input from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Ovivo Luxembourg S.{dot over (a)}r.l.
    Inventors: Thomas W. Leland, Frederick M. Riser, Peter W. Reko
  • Publication number: 20110253624
    Abstract: A waste stream having anaerobically biodegradable components is fed to an anaerobic reactor where the components react with microorganisms to biodegrade the components and produce biomass and biogas. Mixing occurs in select portions of the anaerobic reactor, particularly the bottom and top portions of the reactor. Relatively heavy solids settle to the bottom and are mixed with the mixed liquor while relatively light or fine solids float to the top portion of the anaerobic reactor where they are mixed with the mixed liquor. This leaves an intermediate or middle portion of the anaerobic reactor where the concentration of solids is relatively lower compared to the concentration of solids in the upper or lower portion of the anaerobic reactor. Mixed liquor is pumped from the intermediate portion of the anaerobic reactor to a membrane separation unit where the mixed liquor is separated into a permeate stream and a retentate stream that is concentrated with solids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: OTV SA
    Inventor: John Ewing
  • Publication number: 20110203992
    Abstract: A hybrid method and system of treating wastewater with reduced energy usage is disclosed. The treatment system has a sorption system, an anaerobic digester that digests or converts at least a portion of the solids or sludge from the sorption system, and an aerobic treatment tank that partially reduces oxygen demand of a portion of the sludge from the sorption tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: Siemens Water Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Wenjun Liu, Edward John Jordan, George W. Smith
  • Patent number: 7993522
    Abstract: Wastewaters are treated by an activated sludge process that includes combining wastewater with bacteria-laden sludge in an activated sludge tank to form a mixed liquor, separating the mixed liquor into a clear effluent and activated sludge stream, pretreating at least a portion of the activated sludge stream in a conditioning tank, transferring at least a portion of the activated sludge stream in the conditioning tank to an interchange bioreactor operating in batch or continuous flow mode, processing the activated sludge stream within the interchange bioreactor by selecting desired growth conditions to cultivate at least one type of bacteria in the activated sludge stream, and returning at least a portion of the activated sludge stream in the bioreactor to the activated sludge tank. The process may further include a sidestream reactor to remove phosphates from the activated sludge stream leaving the interchange bioreactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Betty-Ann Curtis, Thomas Kutcher, Marc E. Roehl
  • Patent number: 7879237
    Abstract: A biological treatment method and device for organic wastewater, whereby the amount of minute organisms which reduce the amount of excess sludge and held within an activated sludge tank can be stabilized so that the treatment can be stabilized, are provided. Substrates for growing dispersed bacteria and/or dispersed bacteria are supplied to a sludge treatment tank 51 which reduces the sludge by the minute organisms, so that the minute organisms grow stably and reduce the sludge. Specifically, a first and a second biological treatment step are conducted respectively in a first activated sludge tank 21 and a second biological treatment tank 31. The sludge included in effluent which flows from the biological steps is separated in a sedimentation tank 41. The generated sludge obtained is supplied to the sludge treatment tank 51.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Kurita Water Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeki Fujishima
  • Patent number: 7875179
    Abstract: The invention provides a side stream type membrane bioreactor process which does not cause an excessive fall in the MLSS concentration in a bioreactor, does not require any additional effluent treatment facility for discharging backwash effluent, and can further ensure the stability of the membrane filtration performance of a separation membrane. According to the invention, in a side stream type membrane bioreactor process, a backwash effluent containing foulants that are generated by backwashing a separation membrane is collected in a backwash effluent tank, and subjected to ozone treatment, and the resultant is returned to a bioreactor. By this ozone treatment, the foulants close to the membrane pore size of the separation membrane are made fine or are made into a state be easily taken into activated sludge flocs. Therefore, even when the treated effluent is returned to the bioreactor, the membrane filtration performance of the separation membrane is not deteriorated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Metawater Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigehiro Suzuki, Motoharu Noguchi, Koichiro Kando
  • Publication number: 20100326905
    Abstract: Method and system for treating a waste stream. The waste is presented in containers, such as chamber pots and other containers for liquid and other kinds of waste. such waste can be supplied at different locations and is immediately comminuted. In a separating stage, the waste stream is separated into container material and actual waste. Actual waste is fed to a bioreactor where the water is purified so that it may be re-used, if desired. If biodegradable, the container material may be subjected to a fermentation step. Heat and gases released in the process may be used for heating the fermenter and/or generating power. It is also possible to feed kitchen waste, which may optionally have been comminuted, to the fermentation. The stream leaving the fermentation may be separated into hard components which are filtered off and composted and into softer components which can be fed to the purification installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: PHARMAFILTER B.V.
    Inventor: Eduardo-Alexander Van Den Berg
  • Publication number: 20100170845
    Abstract: A method of treating a mixture of microorganisms with readily biodegradable carbon compounds (RBCs) in the form of one or more volatile fatty acids (VFAs), by first inducing the mixture microorganisms to release phosphorus and magnesium which is then tapped o as the mixture is thickened, to produce a phosphorus/magnesium-nch liquid and a phosphorus/magnesium-reduced treated mixture This treated mixture is placed in an anaerobic digester where ammonia is formed, but combines very little with phosphorus or magnesium Next the high-ammonia mixture is dewatered to produce an ammonia-rich liquid, which is combined with the phosphorus and magnesium-rich liquid and reacted to form struvite In one preferred embodiment, VFAs are formed in situ via an upstream unified fermentation and thickening (UFAT) process and added to the waste sidestream to strip phosphorus and magnesium found therein In another preferred embodiment a usable struvite product is harvested.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventor: Robert Baur
  • Publication number: 20100084337
    Abstract: Waste-treatment processes are enhanced through generation and introduction of specific biological populations customized to perform or favor specific tasks either during the main process, for the formation or precipitation of certain biological nutrients, or to accomplish solids formation reduction in a post-treatment process. These bacteria may be grown from specialized mixes of activated sludge and waste influent by exposing these materials to controlled environments (e.g., in an off-line treatment area). They may then be returned to the main process to perform certain tasks such as converting particulate cBOD into soluble cBOD for utilization, to reduce high solids yield organisms by supplementing the population characteristics with low yield organism characteristics, to provide biological nutrients or oxygenation assistance, to improve nitrification/denitrification efficiency, or to disfavor filamentous biology such as Norcardia sp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventor: Daniel Robert Miklos
  • Patent number: 7651614
    Abstract: Systems and methods to treat wastewater are described herein. A wastewater treatment system may include a primary treatment system, a secondary treatment system, a disinfection treatment system, a solids treatment system, one or more fluid treatment systems, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: VRTX Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Kelsey, Qiwei Wang
  • Publication number: 20090301965
    Abstract: The process according to the invention for treating water in a treatment plant comprising a reaction chamber in which a biodegradable material present in the water is biodegraded at least partly by microorganisms, in the course of which, at least temporarily, water is transferred out of the reaction chamber into a separating chamber and the biodegradable material and the microorganisms are separated at least partly from the water therein, a return stream comprising biodegradable material and at least some of the microorganisms flowing out of the separating chamber into the reaction chamber via a recycle line, is characterized in that at least some of the following substances: a) the biodegradable material and b) the microorganisms are treated with ozone (O3), an amount of 15 to 150 milligrams of ozone per kilogram of dry substance of the biodegradable material and of the microorganisms being added per hour in the reaction chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Jörg SCHWERDT, Stefan Wolff, Jan Parmentier