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Event description

Membrane aerated biofilm reactors (MABRs) are an emerging technology which promises significant energy savings, more compact systems, and increased resource recovery compared to existing wastewater treatment technology.  While the subject of laboratory research for about two decades, the development of commercial units is allowing larger-scale (demonstration, full-scale) applications that are providing new information concerning the treatment capabilities of MABR units and how MABRs can function, either independently or as one component of a hybrid process (such as a component of a suspended growth process).

This workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners who have experience with MABR technology, and those interested in better understanding the capabilities and future potential for MABR’s to advance wastewater treatment.  The objective is to summarize and synthesize evolving knowledge and, based on this, brainstorm potential new applications, along with knowledge gaps and research needed to fill them.  A wide range of researchers and practitioners engaged in developing and implementing MABR technology will be invited to present their results to date, including all vendors currently offering and implementing MABR technology.  A team of young water professionals will synthesize the information presented and, under the supervision of two senior faculty members, prepare a manuscript for publication.  Process modeling has developed as a core method for evaluating and implementing new biological wastewater treatment technology, and MABRs must be properly incorporated into them.  MABR modeling will be addressed by one of the workshop breakout groups.