The book guides specialists and non-specialists from around the world on how or whether anaerobic processes can be part of solutions for the management of municipal and industrial solid, semi-solid, and liquid residues. The simple self-learning presentation style is designed to encourage deep understanding of the process principles, plant types and system configurations, performance capabilities, operational and maintenance requirements, post-treatment needs, and management options for coproducts without complex biochemical terminologies and equations.
It describes key aerobic biological treatment processes used in conjunction with anaerobic biological treatment in feedstock pre-treatment and in post-treatment of by-products. Practical pre-treatment processes, techniques and operations are described alongside additional treatment techniques of biogas, digestates and treated effluents for various end use options. Effective applications in developing countries are also considered, enabling practitioners and plant operators to effectively apply technology in temperate and warm climatic conditions.
Table of Contents
Preface. Biological Treatment Processes. Anaerobic Wastewater Treatment. Anaerobic Digestion of Organic Solid Residues and Biosolids. Pre-Treatment in Anaerobic Treatment. Post-Treatment, Reuse and Management of Co-Products. Application in Warm Climates and Developing Countries. Case Studies. References. Appendices.
Professor Akunna has a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering, MSc in Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering, MSc in Environmental Science & Technology and PhD in Environmental Engineering. He currently holds the Chair of Water & Environmental Engineering at Abertay University, Dundee United Kingdom, where he is also the Director of Postgraduate Environmental Engineering Education, and a founding member and co-Director of the University's Urban Water Technology Centre. He has over 25 years’ research and teaching experience in hydraulics and water resources management, and in engineering application of physical, chemical and biological chemical processes for the control and abatement of aquatic pollutants, and in resource recovery from municipal and industrial wastes and effluents . He has developed innovative portable and decentralized treatment systems, some of which are commercially available. He is consulted widely by public and private sector organizations and has participated in and led many national and international research and development projects. He also develops and delivers postgraduate and training courses in the subject area for the water and environmental industry professionals and regulators from the UK and many other countries. Professor Akunna has authored and co-authored over 200 publications and research and consultancy reports in the subject area, and is a member of many professional organizations, including the World Biogas Association, where he is a founding and advisory board member.