Kimberly Solon

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Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Water Treatment
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences


Development of an enhanced benchmark system for wastewater treatment plants

At present, the benchmark developers recognize that while phosphorus (P) removal has been a focus of wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) design and operation, its inclusion in plant-wide models is lagging behind that of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) removal. Moreover, there is a gaining interest in phosphorus (P) recovery, especially in the European Union, where raw P is hardly available while huge amounts are wasted and end up in surface waters causing eutrophication. Aside from P, sulfur (S) in wastewater is also gaining importance due to the operational problems caused by hydrogen sulfide (e.g. odour problems, corrosion, toxicity), especially when dealing with wastewater streams coming from tanneries and distilleries.

As a consequence, the current benchmark needs to be updated to include processes to describe biological and chemical P removal as well as S reduction/oxidation processes, novel plant-wide control strategies and extended evaluation tools. As there is a large interest in resource recovery, which is mostly accomplished by precipitation within the WWTP, an improved physico-chemical model is also needed. Thus, inclusion of a plant-wide pH model, extending the anaerobic digestion model to describe P, S, Fe and other relevant variables is of primary importance. The resulting model can be used for simulation-based scenario analysis aiming at finding ways to improve the operation of a WWTP designed for C, N, P, and S removal.

Main supervisor: Prof. Ulf Jeppsson
Co-supervisors: Prof. Krist V. Gernaey; Dr. Xavier Flores-Alsina

Recent research outputs

Kimberly Solon, 2017 Apr 24, Lund, Sweden: Division of Industrial Electrical Engineering and Automation, Faculty of Engineering, Lund University. 238 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (compilation)

K. Solon, Flores-Alsina, X., Kazadi Mbamba, C., Ikumi, D., Volcke, E. I. P., Vaneeckhaute, C., Ekama, G., Vanrolleghem, P. A., Batstone, D. J., Gernaey, K. V. & U. Jeppsson, 2017 Apr 15, In : Water Research. 113, p. 97-110 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Flores-Alsina, X., Kazadi Mbamba, C., Kimberly Solon, Vrecko, D., Tait, S., Batstone, D. J., Ulf Jeppsson & Gernaey, K. V., 2015, In : Water Research. 85, p. 255-265

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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