BioMix-DC Enhanced Anaerobic Mixing Systems optimize the anaerobic fermentation process by alternating a short mixing cycle with a long deep cycle. The system is designed to adapt to changing process conditions to optimize volatile fatty acid (VFA) formation and biological phosphorus removal. The deep cycle stratifies the reactor in order to increase anaerobic solids retention time (SRT), minimize oxidation-reduction potential (ORP), and maximize VFA formation. These conditions improve biological phosphorus removal.
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During the deep cycle, mixing is suspended for prolonged periods of time allowing for solids to accumulate, enhancing fermentation and VFA production. During the mixing cycle, intermittent mixing of tank contents is provided by bursts of compressed air fired through patented, engineered nozzles located at the floor of the tank. The cycle parameters may be adjusted to optimize mixing, power utilization, and VFA generation, manually or through automated process feedback. The operating regime of BioMix-DC is site dependent since each biological phosphorus removal treatment process operates differently based on the influent characteristics and facility design.
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Enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) is the biological uptake of phosphorus by phosphorus-accumulating organisms (PAOs). While the actual uptake of phosphorus occurs in an aerobic environment, PAOs must first be conditioned by exposure to VFAs in an anaerobic environment. PAOs store food under anaerobic conditions and then process the stored food once under aerobic conditions. To avoid costly carbon addition, facilities with insufficient influent VFAs needed for effective phosphorus removal can encourage additional VFA production through fermentation. An anaerobic selector provides the optimal environment for the uptake of VFAs by PAOs.