Auburn University and RF WasteWater Team up on Kenaf/Refinery ProjectApril 16, 2014

RF WasteWater has teamed up with Auburn University’s Environmental Engineering Department to launch a full scale study to evaluate the potential of keanf to serve as a fixed film bio-media.  The objective is to evaluate kenaf’s absorptive abilities against BTEX, phenols, hydrocarbons, and ammonia while also demonstrating its ability to control H2S which all contribute to toxicity within refinery activated sludge systems.

Other advantages will be as a sustainable biofilm which will allow activated sludge systems to handle increased organic loadings with increased resistance to shock loadings.  Additional studies are being performed to determine if kenaf will lower the oxygen demand within the system allowing for optimal nitrification with reduced energy costs due to a reduction in blower usage.

Another benefit being evaluated is the increased settling ability in the clarifier along with easier sludge dewatering and handling.

Kenaf is an all-natural green product which consumes 40% of its weight in carbon dioxide.  RF WasteWater is working with Auburn University to provide vital research which may have a game changing impact on the way refinery wastewater is treated.


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