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Dr.

Imre Pascik Biofilm


Tech GmbH
www. levapor.com
Leverkusen, Germany

LEVAPOR porous, adsorbing PU


carrier for bioprocess
improvement
PU carriers for sustainable
wastewater treatment
Moving Bed Bio
Reactor(MBBR) and
Integrated Fixed Film
Activated Sludge
(IFAS) are well
established
wastewater
treatment processes
These processes
utilise tiny media for
microbial growth
Plastic Media /Carriers
PP,HDPE,LDPE,PVC
Surface Area
Principle attribute
200-1200 m2/m3
media
Micro Organisms
grow on the surface
area in thick biofilms
Reduction in foot
print, robust process
Disadvantages
Hydrophobic surface Long colonization
Very high weight period
(85-185 kg/m3) Higher fluidization
Higher filling ratio of energy
40-70% of reactor requirement
volume Lower protection
No inner porosity or against toxic shock
adsorption capacity loads
Minimal Changes in Scaling of certain
surface property cations
Reticulated PU FOAM : an
Ideal Carrier
Ideal Carrier PE-PU an Ideal
Properties Carrier??
High Surface Area Very high surface area
Very high inner porosity
High Inner porosity
PE-PU hydrophilic
Fast Wetting material (fast Wetting)
Properties Light Weight (60-80
Ease of fluidization kg/m3)
High Adsorbing Surface properties can
Capacity be modified
LEVAPOR PU Carriers
LEVAPOR Bio Carrier
First synthesized Bio Carrier
Porous, Flexible, Durable PU foam
impregnated with surface active
pigments like activated carbon
Due to variability of foam and
pigment type and their ratios, tailor
made carriers can be produced with
varying properties
Our Technology
Properties
High Adsorbing Benefits:
Surface Reversible Adsorption
10 to 12 kg of activated Rapid microbial
carbon per m3 of foam colonization and biofilm
matrix formation
PU foam surface area Temporary adsorption of
2500 m2/m3 toxic and inhibitory
1000-2000 m2/g surface substances
area of activated carbon Subsequent
Extremely high biodegradation and thus
adsorbing surface regeneration of surface
Advantages
Treatment of effluents containing toxic substances
Short process start up and higher performance
compared to suspended mass based systems (100
to 300%)
Higher process stability against toxic shock loads
and fluctuations in reactor conditions
Lower Degree of Filling (12 to 15%)
Smaller foot print
Lower energy consumption for fluidization
Lower sludge production
Simpler process control
Applications
Treatment of complex effluents generating from
Pulp and Paper, Organic Chemicals,
Pharmaceuticals, Agro Chemicals, Petrochemicals
Sewage Treatment to meet stringent nutrient
removal requirement
RAS Systems (Hatcheries)
Polluted Gas Treatment
Upgradation of existing plants for better
performance

Case Studies
SAPPI Ehingen , Anaerobic Treatment of
Sulfite Pulp and Paper mill effluent
Agan Chemicals, Agro Chemical Industry
Israel
City of NINGAN Municipal wastewater
Treatment
Dabie Hatchery, Aqua Culture Effluent
treatment
More than 20,000 Septic Tank installations in
Germany alone
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