High-rate nitrification of electronic industry wastewater by using nitrifying granules

Yoshiaki Hasebe*, Hiroaki Meguro, Yuuki Kanai, Masahiro Eguchi, Toshifumi Osaka, Satoshi Tsuneda

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Nitrifying granules have a high sedimentation property and an ability to maintain a large amount of nitrifying bacteria in a reaction tank. Our group has examined the formation process of nitrifying granules and achieved high-rate nitrification for an inorganic synthetic wastewater using these granules. In this research, a pilot-scale test plant with an 850-liter reaction tank was assembled in a semiconductor manufacturing factory in order to conduct a continuous water conduction test using real electronics industry wastewater. The aim was to observe the formation of nitrifying granules and determine the maximum ammonia removal rate. The average granule diameter formed during the experiment was 780 μmand themaximumammonia removal ratewas observed to be 1.5 kgN m-3 day-1 at 20 °C,which is 2.5-5 times faster than traditional activated sludge methods. A fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis showed that β-proteobacterial ammonia oxidizing bacteria and the Nitrospira-like nitriteoxidizing bacteria dominate the bacteria population in the granules, and their strong aggregation capacity might confer some benefits to the formation of these nitrifying granules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3171-3180
Number of pages10
JournalWater Science and Technology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Dec 6


  • Aerobic granule
  • Industrial wastewater
  • Nitrification
  • Nitrifying granule
  • Nitrospira

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology


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