IFS 2015: Recovering phosphate from wastewater is commercially viable

By James Sean Dickson
Published: Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Legislation may be required to encourage development, but commercially feasible methods of phosphate extraction from wastewater streams are now in the late stages of research. As a non-renewable resource, phosphate will need to be recycled sooner rather than later.

The recovery of phosphate from wastewater in the form of the mineral struvite (NH4MgPO4•6H2O) is commercially viable and can be implemented in a number of treatment facilities in Europe, delegates at the International Fertiliser Society (IFS) Conference 2015 in London, UK, were told on Tuesday.

Christian Kabbe, a researcher at Kompentenzzentrum Wasser Berlin GmbH,...

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