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Removal of metals in leachate from sewage sludge using electrochemical technology.

Meunier, Nathalie; Drogui, Patrick; Gourvenec, Carole; Mercier, Guy; Hausler, Robert; Blais, Jean-François (2004). Removal of metals in leachate from sewage sludge using electrochemical technology. Environmental Technology , vol. 25 , nº 2. p. 235-245. DOI: 10.1080/09593330409355457.

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Heavy metals in acidic leachates from sewage sludge are usually removed by chemical precipitation, which often requires high concentration of chemicals and induces high metallic sludge production. Electrochemical technique has been explored as an alternative method in a laboratory pilot scale reactor for heavy metals (Cu and Zn) removal from sludge leachate. Three electrolytic cell arrangements using different electrodes materials were tested: mild steel or aluminium bipolar electrode (EC cell), Graphite/stainless steel monopolar electrodes (ER cell) and iron‐monopolar electrodes (EC‐ER cell). Results showed that the best performances of metal removal were obtained with EC and EC‐ER cells using mild steel electrodes operated respectively at current intensities of 0.8 and 2.0A through 30 and 60 min of treatment. The yields of Cu and Zn removal from leachate varied respectively from 92.4 to 98.9% and from 69.8 to 76.6%. The amounts of 55 and 44 kg tds‐1 of metallic sludge were respectively produced using EC and EC‐ER cells. EC and EC‐ER systems involved respectively a total cost of 21.2 and 13.1 CAN$ per ton of dry sludge treated including only energy consumption and metallic sludge disposal. The treatment using EC‐ER system was found to be effective and more economical than the traditional metal precipitation using either Ca(OH)2 and/or NaOH.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: metal removal; sludge; electrolysis; electrocoagulation; electroreduction
Centre: Centre Eau Terre Environnement
Date de dépôt: 08 janv. 2021 16:36
Dernière modification: 08 janv. 2021 16:36
URI: http://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/11029

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