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Membrane BioReactor (MBR)


Wärtsilä Hamworthy’s MBR technology is an advanced wastewater treatment process based on biological degradation and membrane separation. It delivers the highest quality discharge without requiring any addition or generation of chemicals hazardous to the maritime or shipboard environment.

Black and grey water passes through the automatic screen press into the first stage bioreactor where the active biomass degrades organic material. The active biomass is pumped through an interstage filter fitted with fine mesh. The filtered biomass, free of any fibrous materials, is returned into the second stage bioreactor. Biomass is circulated through membrane modules to produce a trans-membrane pressure and scouring velocity. Clean permeate is taken from the membrane modules. The concentrated biomass is returned to the second stage bioreactor for discharge. See also Sewage treatment.

Membrane BioReactor (MBR)
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