Active hydrodynamic cavitation for improving digestion of a waste water plant

Wastewater Treatment, Innovation / new techniques

Processing of sewage sludge involves high costs. The improvement of sewage sludge digestion can be increased and the costs of dewatering, storage and sludge disposal can be reduced if the sludge is pre-treated using an energy recovery technology. From literature, many technologies have been investigated ranging from physical pre-treatment techniques such as thermal hydrolysis, cavitation and mechanical technologies to chemical pre-treatment techniques with acid. These technologies show that sludge pre-treatment increases biogas production and reduces the amount of sludge to be disposed. However, there are disadvantages such as high energy consumption, necessary chemicals and unwanted scaling.
The advantage of active hydrodynamic cavitation is that it uses less energy than acoustic and passive hydrodynamic cavitation. Furthermore, it is very suitable for scaling up to any desired flow rate.

Start of Research
October 2013

End of Research
April 2017

- Albert Stoop (Whirlwind International)
- Tom Bakker (Whirlwind International)
- Paul Weij (DSBV)
- Tessa van der Brand (KWR)


- Whirlwind international
- Delfluent Services B.V.
- KWR Watercycle Research Institute





Albert Stoop
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