Wastewater solutions for degradation of specific compounds

An effective way to improve the overall system is to improve the ability of the wastewater system’s biomass to degrade the target compound.


Biodegradation products help remove problematic compounds from wastewater

Biodegradation products assist wastewater treatment plants that just cannot degrade specific compounds. This issue can be caused by multiple factors: the variability of the compound(s) in the influent may not allow the biomass to acclimate to the material, or, the system may not be designed to achieve removal—for example; not enough residence time or high enough sludge age to achieve nitrification. In addition, the wastewater discharge permit limitations can change to require removal of specific compounds due to water quality limitations or regulatory mandates. If regulations change, influent wastewater changes, or plant operations change, the biological process of the system must be able to meet the new goals or deal with the new environment.

An effective way to improve the overall system is to improve the ability of the wastewater system’s biomass to degrade the target compound. By seeking out biodegradation products with microbes that are extremely good at degrading compounds and supplementing the biomass with them, the biomass can be changed to better remove a specific compound. This could be by either improving the speed or ultimate removal of the compound, or by making the biomass less susceptible to upsets that have negative effects on the removal rate.

Products targeting the pulp & paper industry:
BioRemove™ 1100 – COD reduction solution for pulp and paper wastewater systems
BioRemove 1100 is a unique COD reduction technology for the pulp and paper industry that also provides resistance to toxic shock loads, including black liquor spills. It is designed to improve COD reduction and target the wide variety of organics found in wastewater from pulp and paper, recycle, and specialty fiber mills.
Read how a Paper mill reduced COD in effluent concentrations by 16%

Products targeting the refining & petrochemical industry:
BioRemove 2300 – Hydrocarbon degradation in refining and petrochemical wastewater systems
Hydrocarbon degradation often occurs slowly in the wastewater treatment process. At high concentrations, lacking hydrocarbon degradation can cause an increase in oil and grease in the final effluent and lead to filamentous outbreaks. Hydrocarbons can also become entrained in the floc. This can cause settling problems and biomass toxicity and may lead to complications with effluent toxicity. Whether hydrocarbon degradation occurs completely, partially, or not at all, depends on the type and functionality of the microorganisms in the microbial community.

BioRemove™ 2300 contains a variety of organisms that enhance hydrocarbon degradation, like alkanes and aromatic compounds. It is the most effective biological product available for improving hydrocarbon degradation in wastewater treatment.
Read how a petrochemical wastewater facility could save $120,000 per year by improving hydrocarbon degradation

BioRemove 2500 – Phenol degradation technology for refining and petrochemical wastewater systems
Phenols can cause serious problems in the wastewater treatment process. In high enough concentrations, lacking phenol degradation can lead to toxicity and floc disruption. As a result, treatment becomes less efficient, settling worsens and the plant could be at risk of permit violations. Phenol degradation is possible with the right microorganisms; however, if the right microorganisms are not present or functional, plant stability and effluent quality could be compromised.

BioRemove™ 2500 is an effective biological solution for enhancing phenol degradation and improving plant stability. The microorganisms in were selected for their phenol degradation abilities and their tolerance of high concentrations of phenols.

Products targeting the food & beverages industry:
BioRemove 3200 - FOG removal for food and beverage wastewater treatment
Fats, oils and grease (FOG) is one of the main causes of many wastewater treatment issues in the food processing industry. When FOG gets into the wastewater treatment system, it can foul sensors, cause foaming and encourage the growth of filamentous organisms. If FOG removal is lacking in the aeration system, it can cause permit violations. Physical FOG removal through skimming is expensive and labor intensive. FOG removal is possible through biodegradation, but in many systems the microbial community does not maintain enough of the right microorganisms to promote effective FOG removal.

BioRemove™ 3200 contains patented microorganisms and is specially designed to promote FOG removal quickly and completely. Novozymes' advanced screening process ensures that the microorganisms in BioRemove™ 3200 not only aggressively target FOG but are robust enough to thrive in a wide range of wastewater plants and applications.
Read how a dairy made annual savings of $67,400 in chemical, disposal and labor costs by applying biological wastewater treatment

Products targeting municipals:
BioRemove™ 4100 – COD reduction for municipal wastewater treatment
is a broad-range biological solution for complex municipal waste streams. In addition to degrading proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates found in domestic waste streams, BioRemove™ 4100 targets surfactants, hydrocarbons, and grease, as well as a variety of other organics found in industrial waste streams. It is useful for improving plant stability, settling, and upset recovery applications.  

BioRemove™ 4200 – FOG reduction technology for municipal wastewater treatment industry
Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are a main cause of wastewater treatment issues. Thus, FOG reduction is an important step in the municipal wastewater treatment process. FOG and FOG reduction, also presents an opportunity for some municipal treatment plants that charge tipping fees for receiving grease. Increasing a plant’s capacity to handle grease, through effective FOG reduction with BioRemove 4200 can provide a significant return on investment.

BioRemove™ 4200 contains patented microorganisms and is specially designed for FOG reduction quickly and completely. It works to minimize FOG-related problems and optimize a plant’s ability to handle excess FOG.
BioRemove 4200 improved grease reduction in loaded sewer lines

BioEase™ 4210 – Biological FOG reduction technology for municipal wastewater systems
BioEase 4210 provides the most effective biological FOG reduction for municipal collection systems. It contains Novozymes’ patented grease-degrading microorganisms in a BioSock® delivery system. A BioSock® is a burlap casing filled with microorganisms that enhance FOG reduction. As water passes around and through the BioSock®, microorganisms are released into the water and begin working immediately. The microorganisms have an attraction to FOG and can degrade it in the water and at problematic points in the system where FOG has begun to accumulate. BioEase 4210 reduces pump station and sewer line cleaning frequency and fines and clean-up costs are kept low.

BioEase™ 4245 - Grease build-up removal for municipal wastewater systems
BioEase™ 4245 is a high-performance liquid microbial blend that targets grease buildup in collection systems. While jetting or chemical solutions only push the grease downstream where it can cause further problems, the beneficial microorganisms in BioEase™ 4245 have an affinity to grease and attach themselves to the buildup and degrade it in place. BioEase™ 4245 is the best solution for reducing grease buildup.

BioEase™ 4260 - Preventative grease control for municipal wastewater systems
BioEase™ 4260 helps make grease control easier with its grease-degrading microorganisms and unique delivery system. BioEase™ 4260 is a dissolvable block encased in a mesh bag that is tied on and immersed in the flow. As the block slowly dissolves, it seeds the water with enough grease-degrading microorganisms to keep grease buildup to a minimum. When the block has completely dissolved, the mesh bag can simply be removed, discarded, and replaced.

Non-industry specific products:
BioRemove™ 5100 – Improved COD degradation in industrial wastewater systems
Industrial wastewater presents a unique set of treatment challenges, not excluding effective COD degradation. Waste streams are constantly changing with harsh chemicals often making their way into the wastewater, which can inhibit biological activity and hinder COD degradation. A key variable in the process that determines success or failure of a treatment process is the types of microorganisms in the microbial community and the ability of the microbial community to adapt to changes in the waste stream and maintain effective COD degradation.

BioRemove 5100 is Novozymes’ most versatile COD degradation product for industrial wastewater and is effective for highly complex waste streams. It has a diverse set of microorganisms that target a wide range of organics found in a variety of industries. BioRemove™ 5100 has the broadest range of biological activity and helps keep plants in compliance and in control, through efficient and effective COD degradation.

BioRemove™ 5400 – Surfactant degradation technology for general industrial wastewater systems
Surfactants are necessary for cleaning in almost all industrial facilities, but they can cause serious problems at the wastewater treatment plant. Thus, surfactant degradation is a necessary process during wastewater treatment. In high enough concentrations, they can cause foaming and lead to floc disruption. If surfactants pass through to the effluent, they can lead to permit violations and surcharges. They can also cause effluent toxicity problems. Surfactant degradation is possible, but the right microorganisms have to be present and functional for this to happen.

BioRemove™ 5400 provides the most effective microorganisms for surfactant degradation and improved plant stability. The microorganisms in BioRemove™ 5400 maintain effective surfactant degradation by degrading a variety of anionic and non-ionic surfactants, including nonylphenol ethoxylates and alcohol ethoxylates.

Toler-X® 5100 – COD reduction in wastewater treatment systems during cold temperatures
At low temperatures, industrial wastewater treatment plants often struggle to maintain efficient treatment and COD reduction. Biological activity and temperature are closely correlated. When the water temperature falls below 15°C (60 F), treatment can deteriorate, and staying in compliance can become a real challenge. In order to meet treatment goals, the microbial community must contain microorganisms that can function at low temperatures and target a wide range of organics to maintain effective COD reduction. Lagoon systems are at greater risk because of the increased surface area and the lack of operational controls.

Toler-X® 5100 helps plants to comply with their permits and improves COD reduction at low temperatures. It contains a blend of psychrophilic (cold-loving) microorganisms and is active all the way down to 2°C (36°F). The strains in Toler-X® 5100 have a wide range of COD reduction abilities and can be used at a wide range of industrial facilities.

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