Fouling assessment of tertiary palm oil mill effluent (Pome) membrane treatment for water reclamation

Mohd Syahmi Hafizi Ghani, Teow Yeit Haan, Abdul Wahab Mohammad, Rahmat Ngteni, Khairul Muis Mohamed Yusof, Ang Wei Lun

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In order to minimize the adverse impacts of palm oil mill effluent (POME) towards the environment and to cope with the stress associated with water scarcity, membrane technology has been employed to reclaim water from POME. This study investigated the performance and fouling propensity of membranes in treating tertiary POME with the aim to recycle and reuse the reclaimed water as boiler feed water. Three types of membranes (NF270, BW30, and XLE) were used and their performances were evaluated based on the removal of chemical oxygen demand (COD), color, turbidity, total dissolved solids, phosphorus, and conductivity. All parameters were significantly reduced through XLE and BW30 membrane filtration processes in which the permeate was complied with the boiler feed water standard, except NF270 membrane where the COD value exceeded the allowable limit. High permeation drag of NF270 and rougher surface of XLE membranes resulted in the accumulation of foulant on the membrane surfaces which eventually reduced the permeate flux, whereas BW30 membrane was encountered for lower fouling propensity due to its low permeation rate. Hence, BW30 was deemed as the best candidate for water reclamation due to its low fouling propensity and because the production of permeate complied with boiler feed water standard.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-423
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Water Reuse and Desalination
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018

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Wastewater reclamation
Palm oil
Fouling
fouling
Effluents
mill
effluent
membrane
Membranes
oil
Water
Boilers
Chemical oxygen demand
water
Permeation
chemical oxygen demand
Membrane technology
Turbidity
palm oil
Phosphorus

Keywords

  • Membrane fouling
  • Nanofiltration
  • Palm oil mill effluent (POME)
  • Reverse osmosis
  • Water recycle and reuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Filtration and Separation

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Fouling assessment of tertiary palm oil mill effluent (Pome) membrane treatment for water reclamation. / Ghani, Mohd Syahmi Hafizi; Yeit Haan, Teow; Mohammad, Abdul Wahab; Ngteni, Rahmat; Yusof, Khairul Muis Mohamed; Wei Lun, Ang.

In: Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination, Vol. 8, No. 3, 01.09.2018, p. 412-423.

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