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Evaluation of algal treatment options for olive mill wastewater to produce energy and biofertilizer 

Investigators
Sami Sayadi; David Blersch
Institutions
Center of Biotechnology of Sfax, Tunisia
Start date
2017
End date
2020
Objective
The conventional olive mill wastewater (OMW) treatment methods adopted in Tunisia are either costly or ineffective,causing environmental pollution. This project is aimed at developing an eco-friendly and cost-effective microalgal-based process for olive mill waste treatment and recycling. Such a process should result in the production of (1) treated and reusable OMW for ferti-irrigation use, contributing to resolving the water scarcity problem; (2) renewable biomass useful for clean energy production, particularly bio gas; and (3) bio-fertilizers for agricultural use, using the process by-products, bio char and sludge. 
Funding Source
United States Nat'l. Science Fndn.
Project source
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Project number
6-308
Categories
Chemical Contaminants
Sanitation and Quality Standards
Prevention and Control