With tightening regulations, increasing operating costs, and limited access to capital, municipal and industrial wastewater plants are looking for innovative solutions to improve treatment efficiency and lower costs.
Microbial Energy's wastewater treatment for bioaugmentation can be used to:
- Lower effluent COD (chemical oxygen demand)
- Remove specific pollutants such as phenols, hydrocarbons, and ammonia
- Improve system efficiency by shortening start-up times for new plants
- Simplify operations under harsh environmental conditions like cold temperatures
- Control unwanted odors
- Enhance biogas production
Specific products for different industries
Microbial Energy Inc. has a range of wastewater treatment solutions as well as a number of specifically designed solutions to match the challenges in municipal wastewater treatment, the food & beverages industry, the pulp & paper industry, and refining & petrochemical chemical industry.
Biological wastewater treatment is the cost effective and environmentally friendly alternative
Biotechnology offers many advantages over traditional technology platforms like chemicals, equipment, or other consumables. Biotechnology in secondary wastewater treatment systems has been used for years due to its effectiveness in degrading organics. By using bioaugmentation, wastewater treatment plants can enhance biomass—the core of the treatment process—and make it work better. While other technologies like chemicals or consumables (carbon) can increase effluent quality, those technologies are often expensive and hard to handle. Bioaugmentation offers effective treatment without the capital investment associated with plant expansion and equipment solutions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Bioaugmentation is the practice of adding actively growing, specialized microbial strains into a microbial community in an effort to enhance the ability of the microbial community to respond to process fluctuations or to degrade certain compounds, resulting in improved treatment. By changing the microbial community to include specific microbes, the characteristics of the microbial community can be improved.
Microorganisms are microscopic, free-Iiving organisms that can reproduce if the proper environmental conditions are met. Microorganisms are the most abundant organisms on Earth and there are estimated to be over 5 nonillion (5 x1030) on the planet. Microorganisms are the primary agents of biological wastewater treatment.
Because microorganisms are the heart of any biological wastewater system, it makes sense that by enhancing the microbial community, the overall wastewater system can operate more efficiently. The purpose of bioaugmentation is to supplement the existing microbial community in order to improve its functionality. Bioaugmentation offers many advantages over traditional technology platforms like chemicals, equipment, or other consumables, and has been used in secondary wastewater treatment systems for decades.
The active ingredient in most formulations is live bacteria. These bacteria have been selected from nature for specific capabilities and then adapted to maximize those capabilities in wastewater treatment systems. These highly developed strains are blended in a synergistic combination whereby different strains complement each other to maximize their effectiveness.
The product is very safe. Studies have been conducted to make certain that the strains in our products are not hazardous to people or animals. This testing includes studies on inhalation, ingestion and skin contact. All of the bacteria are killed by common antibiotics. It is not recommended to expose skin to the product for excessive periods of time and hands should be washed after handling product. Refer to material safety data sheets (MSDS) for product-specific handling details.
Bioaugmentation provides a "seeding" effect. That is, the microbes in the initial dosage and subsequent maintenance doses grow and increase in number after they are added to the treatment plant and become incorporated into the existing biomass. They can grow in suspension and help form healthy floc particles and can attach on surfaces and aid in fixed-film treatment systems.
Treatments are used in applications where microbes can survive. Every aspect of our environment that can support microbial growth has already established a population of "naturally occurring" strains. Treatments uses bioaugmentation products in these niches when they want to change the conditions (i.e. reduce grease). As bioaugmentation products are seeded into the environment, they must grow and establish a place in that population. They work with the naturally occurring strains often breaking down large, more complex molecules into smaller units that actually feed many of the native strains. In some applications, initial dosage may be higher to assist in establishing that position in an already established ecosystem.
Microbes in our formulations perform their work by producing enzymes. Enzymes are very specific catalysts in biochemical reactions that breakdown organics and grease. Their activity depends on the molecular shape of the enzyme fitting to the shape of the compounds in the reaction. Enzymes don’t reproduce themselves, but rely on microbes which are often called "enzyme factories". Microbes do more than produce enzymes, they provide an "intelligent, efficient" system whereby they can detect the organics present and (as long as they have the capability) produce specifically those enzymes needed to breakdown the organics present.