SolarBee – Wastewater Applications

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Most SolarBees have been deployed in municipal or industrial wastewater systems. These systems often have serious problems ranging from odor control to discharge permit violations to high energy costs. SolarBees have been effective in many different types of wastewater systems, as mentioned below.

Facultative Ponds

Facultative ponds work great in theory and often in practice. But due to the vagaries of nature, and because populations and industrial use can grow beyond prior estimates, these ponds often need some help. The SolarBee can correct problems of overloading, odors, algae blooms, duckweed(in many cases), high BOD, high suspended solids (TSS), high ammonia (N), high phosphorus (P), high pH, low DO, and excessive volatile sludge buildup.

Partial-Mix Ponds

In these ponds, the SolarBee can correct many of the same water quality problems that occur in facultative ponds and, in addition, in many cases the energy saving will pay for the SolarBee(s) in one to five years. Partial-mix ponds, due to their heavy loading, exert a downward pressure on pH that ultimately leads to unnecessary sludge buildup in the front-end ponds and high nutrient loading in the final pond. After several years of operation, these conditions can cause algae-related BOD and TSS problems, and high ammonia (N) and phosphorus (P) in the effluent. The SolarBee can usually correct all of these problems.

Wastewater & sludge storage ponds, anaerobic ponds

SolarBee benefits:

  • Maintains an odor cap within the top 60 cmof the pond with high dissolved oxygen 24 hours/day.
  • Near-laminar radial flow from the center of the pond reaches to all ends of the pond. No BOD is brought up through turbulence, which could use up the dissolved oxygen and destroy the odor cap.
  • Uniform surface renewal results in increased anaerobic digestion, sludge densification, and reduction in sludge volume.
  • No aerosols or bacteria are released into the air, there is no struvite buildup caused by aerosols.
  • Several models, for coverage up to 2 hectares per machine, stainless steel construction, minimal energy and maintenance costs, 25 year life, SCADA outputs.

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