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A Green Technology for Enhancing Resource Recovery from Sewage Sludge

Project Member(s): Wang, Q., Vigneswaran, S., Nghiem, D.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)
Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2024

Summary: This project aims to develop an innovative technology to recover valuable resource from sewage sludge by enhancing transformation of sewage sludge into high-value medium chain fatty acids and methane. Wastewater treatment generates large amounts of resource-rich sewage sludge. However, the poor biodegradability of sewage sludge is a key barrier that impedes the efficient resource recovery. By advancing the underpinning science and introducing a novel technology that innovatively harnesses a human waste, the project expects to remove the barrier. Expected project outcomes will turn sewage sludge from an undesirable waste to a valuable resource. This should provide significant benefits for Australia’s renewable energy and resource sectors.

FOR Codes: Environmentally sustainable engineering , Wastewater treatment processes, Fermentation, Expanding knowledge in engineering, Waste recycling services, Water services and utilities