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PhD student funded to research at NUI Galway

Posted on January 9, 2012 by

Molloy Precast are funding a PhD student, Shane Fox from NUI Galway, to carry out research on optimising small scale wastewater treatment systems.

Small wastewater treatment plants can be susceptible to infrequent supervision, increased energy costs, shock wastewater loads, while simultaneously required to meet stringent wastewater discharge limits.  This study examines the potential of real time control of wastewater treatment systems that will allow desired effluent standards to be met while simultaneously improving energy efficiency. A pilot test centre was constructed develop and test a robust intelligent treatment control programme that monitors influent concentrations, and subsequently adjusts the treatment cycle to improve energy efficiency as well as significantly reducing breaches of discharge limits.

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