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Membrane bioreactor for palm oil mill effluent and resource recovery

Ahmad, Zulkifli and Ridzuan, Mohd Baharudin and Daud, Zawawi (2009) Membrane bioreactor for palm oil mill effluent and resource recovery. In: International Conference on Sustainable Development for Water and Waste Water Treatment, 14-15 December 2009, Yogyakarta Indonesia.


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The performance of a membrane bioreactor (MBR) far treating palm oil mill effluent (POU) has been studied. The objective of this study was to observe and evaluate the performance of MBR for POME treatment. A high strength POME with organic loading rate uf 1.4 kg BOD per m³d was fed into an aerobic MBR. The MBR was operated with constant flux of 15 LMH. The reactor was operated at a mixed liquor suspended solid (MLSS) concentration about 4.5 g/l. The removal efficiency of COD, SS, and Turbidity were achieved 88%, 99%, and 99% respectively. The system were also capable to remove 61% of BOD, 75% of colour, 74% of TN, and 49% of TP. To observe the effect of biomass on membrane fouling, activated slugde for MBR was investigated ta determine concentration of carbohybate for soluble microbial product (SMP) and extracellular polymeric substances (EPS). The aerobic MBR was found to be able to degrade POME significantly and high quality effluent could be reused for various other applications.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD511-780 Sewage collection and disposal systems. Sewerage
Divisions: Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering > Department of Water and Environmental Engineering
Depositing User: En. Sharul Ahmad
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2015 08:27
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2015 08:27
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/6794
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