Alleviating Carbon Limitations in the Early Planetary Base Waste Stream 2006-01-2257
This research is based on the hypothesis that recycling biofilm can provide the required carbon to increase biological denitrification of the carbon limited early planetary base wastewater. Recycling biofilm may offer significant advantages including a reduction in solid waste from biological wastewater processors, increased N2 return to cabin air, a reduction in TDS loading to the RO system, and increased alkalinity to drive further nitrification. The results of the study indicate that denitrification rate did increase due to the addition of lysed biofilm derived from the nitrification reactor. However, there was a simultaneous large release of additional ammonium. Further work will be required to understand the magnitude of the ammonium release and overall benefits of the process.