EQ-TECH technology in Belgium to treat industrial wastewater
30 June 2014
Aqualogy is introducing EQ-TECH technology in a company in Belgium. This solution is based on the electrochemical treatment of industrial wastewater, guaranteeing the elimination of numerous pollutants. For this, using EQ-TECH, an electric current is applied which provides the electromotive force necessary to produce a series of chemical reactions which contribute to the destabilization of the pollutant molecules, which causes their precipitation and/or oxidation into more biodegradable compounds.
In the specific case of Belgium, Aqualogy’s action consists of introducing EQ-TECH in the Cetprobel factory of the Yara-Maxam group, which is devoted to producing Micet, an additive which increases the energy capacity of diesel fuels. The wastewater from this production process, with a high content in nitrates, required an 80% reduction of the latter in order to be discharged into the sewerage network.
Aqualogy performed laboratory tests and subsequently an industrial pilot test using EQ-TECH technology. With this information, it was able to bring additional value to help solve the problem: the elimination of organic matter from the wastewater to reuse it as process water in another production unit, taking advantage of the excess nitrates to manufacture fertilizers.
Aqualogy is therefore carrying out the design and construction of an industrial plant to process 1.5 m3/h, composed of a storage tank, an EQ-TECH electroperoxicoagulation reactor, clarification with ultrafiltration, filtration with flint bed and GAC (activated carbon).
This solution is an example of what is meant by applying concepts such as the circular economy and sustainable development, two of Aqualogy’s strategic pillars.