||Autonomous Electrochemical-Photothermal System for Energy, Nutrient, and Water Recovery from Animal Manure
||UW-Madison, Civil and Env Eng
||Manure, generated by animals grown to produce agricultural products such as milk, meat, and eggs for human consumption, is one of the most complex waste streams to manage. Animal manure is considered as valuable agricultural resources, since it is a primary source of plant-available nutrients including nitrogen and phosphorus. However, inappropriate application of animal manure might lead to serious air, water, and soil contamination. In addition, conventional technologies, such as anaerobic digestion and incineration, are incapable of sufficient resource recovery, owing to their technical challenges and high energy cost. The proposed research will develop a self-sustained bioelectrochemical-photothermal system to overcome the challenges associated with the conventional animal manure treatment and implement a dual purpose zero liquid discharge and resource recovery. Zero liquid discharge of animal manure, which eliminates any liquid waste from the facility boundary, can minimize the volume of manure and produce clean water for reuse. In addition, valuable resources such as nutrients and diverse forms of energy can also be extracted from animal manure, making it a renewable resource pool.
||Water quality analysis, operation of lab-scale reactors
|Virtual / Remote Tasks
||Reading papers, writing progress report
|Approx. Work Hours / Week
||Resource recovery, sustainability, bioelectrochemical systems, membrane