In the world of wastewater sludge treatment, anaerobic digestion has been used widely since the early 1900s. Even today, it remains the single most widely used sludge treatment method throughout the world. Wondering why? It’s incredibly powerful. Overall, it can convert up to 60% of the organic solids to methane and carbon dioxide, and the residual organic matter is fully stable, not to mention odorless and almost pathogen free. All of this comes at quite a price, though. Treating and pumping wastewater ranks almost at the top of energy needs for cities across the U.S. In fact, the California Energy Commission has said that 56% of the energy used by most cities in the state is spent on water and wastewater treatment facilities. With the right equipment on hand, substantial savings could be achieved by most municipalities. What is that right equipment, though? What must it do to become more energy efficient? Let’s take a quick look.
Toward Better Efficiency
To ensure that a unit is doing all it can, there are a number of criteria it must meet. It should
The Komax Klean-Wall Heat Exchanger
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