Aquatec Maxcon through its relationship with DHV BV of the Netherlands offers Crystalactor® technology for advanced water and waste water treatment.
The Crystalactor® is a fluidised-bed type crystaliser. Contrary to conventional water treatment processes, the cost-effective crystalisation method of the Crystalactor® creates a valuable by-product instead of waste. The technology is applied in both domestic and industrial applications for water softening and for the removal of recovery of phosphates, fluoride and heavy metals.
The heart of the technology is a pellet reactor, partially filled with a suitable seed material. This can be sand, garnet, crushed pellets or any other type of material.
The (waste) water feed is pumped into the reactor in an upward direction, maintaining the pellet bed in a fluidised state. To crystalise the target component on the pellet bed, appropriate process conditions need to be selected. As a result of the ongoing cystalisation, pellets grow in size and gradually move towards the bottom of the fluidised bed. At regular intervals, the largest pellets are discharged from the reactor and replaced by fresh seed material. After atmospheric drying, ready-to-use and virtually water-free pellets are obtained.
A major advantage of the Crystalactor® is the production of highly pure, virtually waste free pellets. The pellets are easy to handle and due to their purity can often be recycled or reused, resulting in zero-waste water treatment.
By using the Crystalactor®, the four treatment steps in conventional chemical precipitation processes (coagulation, flocculation, sludge separation and dewatering) are combined into one. Because water-free pellets are produced, troublesome and costly sludge dewatering is eliminated.
High surface loadings in the range of 40-120 m3/(m3.h) are applied, resulting in compact Crystalactor® modules with a small foot print. The combination of relatively low capital investment and operational costs makes the Crystalactor® technology a cost effective solution.
Throughout the years, the wide number of Crystalactor® applications has continued to grow. Applications for drinking process and wastewater include:
Metals are generally recovered as hydroxide, carbonate or sulphide compounds, while anions are usually removed as calcium salts. In certain applications it is more desirable to form complex salts. For example, phosphate can be removed as MgNH4PO4*6H2O ('struvite'), which simultaneously reduces the wastewater nitrogen content and is a slow release fertiliser.