How to Choose the Correct AOP Process for Your Wastewater Treatment Application

How to Choose the Correct AOP Process for Your Wastewater Treatment Application

Oxidation is the driving force for many water and wastewater treatment solutions. One solution, in particular, is designed around maximizing the oxidation potential of the system. This particular process is the AOP process.

 

The advanced oxidation (AOP) process, dubbed so by William Glaze and company in 1987, typically refer to processes that produce hydroxyl radicals (⦁OH). These radicals are the primary oxidants that carry out this process, breaking down compounds into intermediates and then mineralizing those intermediates into simple compounds like water, carbon dioxide, and salts. There are several different ways these radicals can be produced. In general, these AOP molecules are formed as particular compounds degrade, compounds such as ozone (O3) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in particular. Other components, like ultraviolet lights (UV), are used as catalysts in the reaction to encourage the compounds to break down accordingly.

 

However, as with many water/wastewater treatment solutions, there are upsides and downsides to the different options. Therefore, it is important to carefully choose an AOP process that will work best with your particular application. How do you make such a choice? By knowing some of the basic information of each AOP process.

 

First, it would help to know a bit about some of the options available in each AOP process and how these options work.......