Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors – Review of Next Generation Anaerobic Technologies & Potential Market Impacts
Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors – Review of Next Generation Anaerobic Technologies & Potential Market Impacts

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February 22 2012; 11:00 – 12.30 EST / 16:00 – 17:30 BST

Moderator: Dr. Tim Evans, Principal, Tim Evans Environment; Member of O2 Technology Assessment Group


  • Prof. David StuckeyProfessor of Biochemical Engineering, Imperial College London
  • Carla FrijtersProcess Technologist, Paques BV
  • Shannon GrantProcess Specialist, ADI Systems Inc.
  • Prof. em. Dr. ir. Willy VerstraeteDepartment of Biochemical and Microbial Technology, Ghent University

Advances in biotechnology and process design are enabling anaerobic treatment to extend its reach into new applications and market areas. The combination of ultrafiltration membranes with anaerobic systems is enabling water re-use quality effluent standards to be attained.

These developments are leading to a new generation of technologies. One of the key attributes of anaerobic systems is that they overcome two of the fundamental weaknesses of aerobic systems: energy use and sludge production.

As energy prices rise and sludge management costs increase, there is an increasing focus on how anaerobic treatment technologies can be used to treat wastewaters and produce re-use quality wastewater and generate biogas. Historically anaerobic technologies have been used mainly for high strength wastewater, and have not been able to produce the same quality effluents as aerobic systems. This is changing.

In the industrial setting, wastewaters are becoming more concentrated as industry moves to reduce water consumption and recycle water on-site. In the municipal sector we are also likely to see more concentrated wastewaters in cities as water consumption decreases and surface water is excluded from sewers.

This webinar will focus on where the innovation is occurring in anaerobic treatment and how much new market penetration we can expect to see when this innovation is successful.

You will hear from leading research groups as well as leading water technology companies.

The presentations will provide insights into the following:

  • Anaerobic membrane bioreactors – status of the technology;
  • Potential application of anaerobic treatment to municipal wastewater;
  • New companies active in this space; and
  • Future directions and market impacts of next generation anaerobic biological technologies