Value-added bioplastics from services of wastewater treatment

Arcos-Hernandez, M., Montano-Herrera, L., Janarthanan, O.Murugan., Quadri, L., Anterrieu, S., Hjort, M., Alexandersson, T., Karlsson, A., Karabegovic, L., Magnusson, P., Johansson, P., Bengtsson, S., Morgan-Sagastume, F., de Vegt, O., Laycock, B., Pratt, S., Halley, P., Lant, P. and Werker, A. (2015) Value-added bioplastics from services of wastewater treatment. Water Practice and Technology, 10 3: 546-555. doi:10.2166/wpt.2015.063

Author Arcos-Hernandez, M.
Montano-Herrera, L.
Janarthanan, O.Murugan.
Quadri, L.
Anterrieu, S.
Hjort, M.
Alexandersson, T.
Karlsson, A.
Karabegovic, L.
Magnusson, P.
Johansson, P.
Bengtsson, S.
Morgan-Sagastume, F.
de Vegt, O.
Laycock, B.
Pratt, S.
Halley, P.
Lant, P.
Werker, A.
Title Value-added bioplastics from services of wastewater treatment
Journal name Water Practice and Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1751-231X
Publication date 2015-08
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2166/wpt.2015.063
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 10
Issue 3
Start page 546
End page 555
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher IWA Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Pilot and prototyping scale investigations were undertaken in order to evaluate the technical feasibility of producing value-added biopolymers (polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs)) as a by-product to essential services of wastewater treatment and environmental protection. A commonly asked question concerns PHA quality that may be expected from surplus biomass produced during biological treatment for water quality improvement. This paper summarizes the findings from a collection of investigations. Alongside the summarized technical efforts, attention has been paid to the social and economic networks. Such networks are needed in order to nurture circular economies that would drive value chains in renewable resource processing from contaminated water amelioration into renewable value-added bioplastic products and services. We find commercial promise in the polymer quality and in the process technical feasibility. The next challenge ahead does not reside so much any more in fundamental research and development of the technology but, rather, in social-economic steps that will be necessary to realize first demonstration scale polymer production activities. It is a material supply that will stimulate niche business opportunities that can grow and stimulate technology pull with benefit of real life material product market combinations.
Keyword Biological wastewater treatment
Polyhydroxyalkanoate production
Renewable resources
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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