The PHOSPAQ™ process is the cost-effective and sustainable solution for removing and recovering phosphorus from industrial effluents and municipal sludge reject liquors.
The PHOSPAQ™ process is applied to recover phosphate from effluents as struvite. Phosphate is becoming scarce, thus making recovery more and more interesting. PHOSPAQ™ is a cost-effective technology compared to e.g. dosing of iron salts. Moreover, the produced struvite is an excellent slow release fertilizer for N, P and Mg.
The PHOSPAQ™ process removes biological degradable COD, phosphate (PO43-) and ammonium (NH4+) from wastewater. With oxygen, the COD is biologically converted into new biomass and CO2. By adding magnesium oxide (MgO), phosphate and ammonium precipitate as struvite (MgNH4PO4.6H20 or MAP). The struvite granules are being removed from the water phase, and are ready for agricultural use (fertilizer). The struvite complies with EU standards for fertilizer.
The removal efficiency is about 70-95%.
The PHOSPAQ™ process takes place in an aerated reactor. Magnesium oxide is added to remove phosphate that is recovered by precipitation as struvite at a pH of 8.2 to 8.3. The PHOSPAQ™ reactor is equipped with separators that retain the struvite.
The struvite is harvested from the bottom of the reactor by means of a hydrocyclone, followed by a screw press and transferred into a container. The dry weight of the harvested struvite is around 50% and the crystals have an average size of around 0,7 mm.
The PHOSPAQ™ process is the preferred technology in combination with ANAMMOX® for ammonia removal, as it:
• adds alkalinity (MgO)
• removes BOD and inhibiting compounds
• prevents uncontrolled struvite scaling
The combination PHOSPAQ™ – ANAMMOX® offers a compact and cost-effective solution to nutrient-rich effluents. The PHOSPAQ™ process has proven its robust performance since its commercial introduction in 2006.
• incoming phosphate > 50 mg P/L
• references for 60 – 1100 kg P/d
• removal efficiencies > 80-90%
For more information about PHOSPAQ, visit PAQUES’ website.