Energy Recovery from Domestic Wastewater Using Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor Treatment

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Utilities are seeking options to reduce energy consumption and residuals production in domestic wastewater treatment without compromising effluent quality. Anaerobic treatment produces a renewable energy source and does not require energy intensive aeration. It also produces a fraction of the residuals produced in aerobic treatment, eliminating the need for biosolids stabilization that in turn results in expense savings. Membrane bioreactors (MBR), on the other hand, provide superior effluent quality, playing a crucial role in water reuse. Anaerobic membrane bioreactors (AnMBR) combine the benefits of the two treatment technologies. Previous AnMBR designs have faced significant challenges that this web seminar will highlight, including how Water Research Foundation (WRF)-funded projects are helping to address them.

Our speakers will showcase findings on two current WRF projects: the first on an AnMBR pilot study (U2R15), and the second on a novel AnMBR – Biofilm Enhanced AnMBR (BfE-AnMBR) (TIRR5C15). Utility personnel, designers, and process engineers interested in advances in wastewater treatment technologies will find this session of great interest.


  • Lutgarde Raskin, University of Michigan
  • Steven Skerlos, University of Michigan
  • Caroline VanSteendam, University of Michigan
  • Tim Fairley, University of Michigan
  • Nishant Jalgaonkar, University of Michigan

There will be 1.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) offered for this webcast. Please check with your state accreditation agency to determine if you qualify.