Enhancing denitrification efficiency for nitrogen removal using waste sludge alkaline fermentation liquid as external carbon source.

Research paper by Mengyu M Shao, Liang L Guo, Zonglian Z She, Mengchun M Gao, Yangguo Y Zhao, Mei M Sun, Yiding Y Guo

Indexed on: 20 Dec '18Published on: 20 Dec '18Published in: Environmental Science and Pollution Research


External carbon source was usually added to enhance denitrification efficiency for nitrogen removal in wastewater treatment. In this study, waster sludge alkaline fermentation liquid was successfully employed as an alternative carbon source for biological denitrification. The denitrification performance was studied at different C/Ns (carbon-to-nitrogen ratios) and HRTs (hydraulic retention times). A C/N of 7 and an HRT of 8 h were the optimal conditions for denitrification. The nitrate removal efficiency of 96.4% and no obvious nitrite accumulation in the effluent were achieved under the optimal conditions with a low soluble chemical oxygen demand (SCOD) level. The sludge carbon source utilization was analyzed and showed that the volatile fatty acids (VFAs) were prior utilized than proteins and carbohydrates. The excitation-emission matrix (EEM) spectroscopy with fluorescence regional integration (FRI) was adopted to analyze the compositional and variations of dissolved organic matters (DOM). Moreover, a high denitrification rate (V) and potential (P) with low heterotroph anoxic yield (Y) was exhibited at the optimal C/N and HRT condition, indicating the better denitrification ability and organic matter utilization efficiencies.