Browse Publications Technical Papers 2002-01-2350

Continuous Leaching (Bio)reactor 2002-01-2350

A continuous leaching device was designed to extract inorganic nutrients from ALS solid wastes for recycling back to hydroponic plant growth systems. The system consists of a conveyor that carries the waste under a water spray. The leacher was used to extract nutrients from hydroponic rice crop residues.
The highly aerated and nutrient-rich recirculation liquid supports microbial growth on all surfaces, which leads to biofouling that causes maintenance difficulties. However, it may be better than the standard leaching protocol, as it produces leachate with significantly reduced BOD. This would make it possible to use the leachate from this reactor in hydroponic plant systems without further processing.


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