Performance evaluation of a hybrid system for efficient palm oil mill effluent treatment via an air-cathode, tubular upflow microbial fuel cell coupled with a granular activated carbon adsorption

Pei-Fang, Tee and Mohammad Omar, Abdullah and Ai, Ivy Wei Tan and Mohamed Afizal, Mohamed Amin and Cirilo, Nolasco-Hipolito and Kopli, Bujang (2016) Performance evaluation of a hybrid system for efficient palm oil mill effluent treatment via an air-cathode, tubular upflow microbial fuel cell coupled with a granular activated carbon adsorption. Bioresource Technology, 216. pp. 478-485. ISSN 0960-8524

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Abstract

An air-cathode MFC-adsorption hybrid system, made from earthen pot was designed and tested for simultaneous wastewater treatment and energy recovery. Such design had demonstrated superior characteristics of low internal resistance (29.3 O) and favor to low-cost, efficient wastewater treatment and power generation (55 mW/m3) with average current of 2.13 ± 0.4 mA. The performance between MFC-adsorption hybrid system was compared to the standalone adsorption system and results had demonstrated great pollutants removals of the integrated system especially for chemical oxygen demand (COD), biochemical oxygen demand (BOD3), total organic carbon (TOC), total volatile solids (TVS), ammoniacal nitrogen (NH3-N) and total nitrogen (TN) because such system combines the advantages of each individual unit. Besides the typical biological and electrochemical processes that happened in an MFC system, an additional physicochemical process from the activated carbon took place simultaneously in the MFC-adsorption hybrid system which would further improved on the wastewater quality.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hybrid wastewater treatment system, Microbial fuel cell, Adsorption, Affordable cost, Bioenergy, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 02:51
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2016 02:51
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/12534

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