Do you ever think about what happens to what you wash down the sink, or is it just a matter of ‘flush and forget’? The UK disposes of more than one million tonnes of solid material through its sewer systems each year. The treatment and disposal of this material has a cost that can potentially be offset by recovering precious resources. Royal Society Industry Fellow Professor James Chong is unravelling the complexities of anaerobic digestion – a biological process where organic material is broken down by a complex community of microbes in the absence of oxygen. In collaboration with leading water industry figures, Professor Chong and his team are exploring how smart anaerobic digestion can be used to recover energy and resources from sewage and the use of cutting edge data analytical techniques are providing industry with deep insights into this process so that it becomes a commercially viable tool in combating the impact of climate change.
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