Treatment of food processing wastewater is complex and costly because of the contaminant loading and the variability of the different wastes encountered in a plant. Improving wastewater treatment is critical to reducing high water consumption, preventing pollution into water bodies and preserving public health and surrounding wildlife.
Food and beverage manufacturing produces a complex wastewater effluent often difficult to treat due to its high salinity levels and heavy loading of contaminants.
Wastewater released from these industries are turbid, with high concentrations of total suspended solids (TSS), chemical oxygen demands (COD), biological oxygen demand (BOD), fats oils and grease (FOG), and nutrients such as nitrogen (including ammonia) and phosphate.
Other characteristics of food processing wastewater are large seasonal variation, large hourly variation in concentration and type of contaminants, often small and variable flows per day, and unbalanced concentrations of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus, which complicates bioreactor treatment.
Energy efficiency and costs
Treating wastewater from industries and farms has a dual potential benefit. Treated water can be recycled to help cut down industries’ fresh water use, and the waste load in wastewater can be converted to biogas and used to produce electricity.
Anaerobic digestion is a natural process that converts organic matter present in wastewater sludge into biogas for electricity, as well as significantly reducing the contaminant load in treated water.
The energy produced from the biogas can be fed back into the grid or used in other parts of the production process, which represents a real opportunity to reduce energy costs.
Our solutions are simple, cost-effective and can help existing wastewater treatment systems improve efficiency while significantly improve the quality of the wastewater discharge. Click on one of our award-winning and cost-competitive solutions to find out more.
Calix ACTI-Mag is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce hydrogen sulphide generation, and eliminate odour issues from wastewater.Find out more
Calix ACTI-Mag can enhance the removal of Phosphorus (P) and Nitrogen (N) from wastewater.Find out more
Calix ACTI-Mag slowly releases hydroxyl ions, which breakdown low-density, large-chain fatty acids that can then be readily digested by bacteria in wastewater.Find out more
Calix ACTI-Mag can increase the quality and quantity of the biogas coming from anaerobic systems, and provide a significant economic boost for food processing plants.Find out more
Calix ACTI-Mag supports bacteria and speeds up the breakdown of complex organic chains into smaller units – resulting in improving Biochemical/Chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD/COD) in the final effluent.Find out more
ACTI-Mag can help food manufacturers gain more throughput with minimal capital expenditure, while turning wastewater into a renewable source of energy.
Calix is able to offer better service, reliability and performance to its customers because it controls the entire production process from mining of raw materials, processing and production.
Calix owns and operates a mine in South Australia as well as production, testing facilities and manufacturing plants. The ability to hydrate our high surface area MgO in our patented, close-to customer facilities creates multiple benefits for our customers and local communities.
Our AS/NZS ISO 9001 certified quality system and safety, health and environmental management system are vital elements of our engineering and quality services.
Calix’s solutions are manufactured using Calix Technology, which involves grinding minerals to particles around one thousandth of a millimetre in size, and then “flash” heating them in a very short time at up to 1.000 degrees Celsius. As trapped gases in the mineral “bubble out” of the particles, we snap freeze them in a very high energy state, leaving a very porous, honey-comb-like structure.
New materials produced by Calix Technology are proving to have similar properties to highly active nano-materials, without the safety concerns and high cost, but with all the benefits. This means it has the high reactivity of nano-material, without the potential health and handling issues.
Calix supports WaterAid programs to facilitate access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the world’s poorest and most marginalised communities.
This partnership with WaterAid aligns perfectly with our purpose and the reason to why we exist “We Solve Global Challenges” and with our core value of “positive impact”.Visit Wateraid website