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Title: Modular bioreactor for the remediation of liquid streams and methods for using the same

Abstract

The present invention is directed to a bioreactor system for the remediation of contaminated liquid streams. The bioreactor system is composed of at least one and often a series of sub-units referred to as bioreactor modules. The modular nature of the system allows bioreactor systems be subdivided into smaller units and transported to waste sites where they are combined to form bioreactor systems of any size. The bioreactor modules further comprises reactor fill materials in the bioreactor module that remove the contaminants from the contaminated stream. To ensure that the stream thoroughly contacts the reactor fill materials, each bioreactor module comprises means for directing the flow of the stream in a vertical direction and means for directing the flow of the stream in a horizontal direction. In a preferred embodiment, the reactor fill comprises a sulfate reducing bacteria which is particularly useful for precipitating metals from acid mine streams.

Inventors:
 [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID
OSTI Identifier:
871660
Patent Number(s):
5772887
Assignee:
Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Company (Idaho Falls, ID) INEEL
DOE Contract Number:  
AC07-94ID13223
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
modular; bioreactor; remediation; liquid; streams; methods; directed; contaminated; composed; series; sub-units; referred; modules; nature; allows; systems; subdivided; units; transported; waste; sites; combined; form; size; comprises; reactor; fill; materials; module; remove; contaminants; stream; ensure; thoroughly; contacts; means; directing; flow; vertical; direction; horizontal; preferred; embodiment; sulfate; reducing; bacteria; particularly; useful; precipitating; metals; acid; mine; reducing bacteria; waste sites; reactor systems; vertical direction; liquid stream; preferred embodiment; particularly useful; comprises means; waste site; liquid streams; acid mine; fill material; horizontal direction; reactor module; /210/

Citation Formats

Noah, Karl S., Sayer, Raymond L., and Thompson, David N. Modular bioreactor for the remediation of liquid streams and methods for using the same. United States: N. p., 1998. Web.
Noah, Karl S., Sayer, Raymond L., & Thompson, David N. Modular bioreactor for the remediation of liquid streams and methods for using the same. United States.
Noah, Karl S., Sayer, Raymond L., and Thompson, David N. Thu . "Modular bioreactor for the remediation of liquid streams and methods for using the same". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/871660.
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author = {Noah, Karl S. and Sayer, Raymond L. and Thompson, David N.},
abstractNote = {The present invention is directed to a bioreactor system for the remediation of contaminated liquid streams. The bioreactor system is composed of at least one and often a series of sub-units referred to as bioreactor modules. The modular nature of the system allows bioreactor systems be subdivided into smaller units and transported to waste sites where they are combined to form bioreactor systems of any size. The bioreactor modules further comprises reactor fill materials in the bioreactor module that remove the contaminants from the contaminated stream. To ensure that the stream thoroughly contacts the reactor fill materials, each bioreactor module comprises means for directing the flow of the stream in a vertical direction and means for directing the flow of the stream in a horizontal direction. In a preferred embodiment, the reactor fill comprises a sulfate reducing bacteria which is particularly useful for precipitating metals from acid mine streams.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1998},
month = {1}
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